Amputation Hazard at Machinery Rebuilder

Monday, October 3, 2016 @ 11:10 AM gHale

Machinery Maintenance Rebuilders Inc. is facing $155,139 in fines for two safety violations at its Houston, TX, facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA investigators conducted a follow-up inspection of Machinery Maintenance Rebuilders and found the company did not address violations from February 2016.

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The company was still exposing workers at the machinery repair shop to struck-by and amputation hazards, officials said.

Inspectors also found workers operating dangerous machinery that was without proper safety guards, was not secured properly and lacked required energy-control devices used to disable potentially hazardous machinery. Two citations ended up issued one serious, and one failure to abate violation.

“Workers exposed to machinery without proper guarding are in jeopardy of losing a limb or even a life. Failing to adhere to this safety requirement will not be tolerated,” said Joann Figueroa, OSHA’s area director in the Houston North office. “Machinery Maintenance Rebuilders is responsible to find and fix hazards in the workplace.”