Amputation Hazard at Pipe Maker

Friday, November 22, 2013 @ 05:11 PM gHale

Welspun Tubular LLC in Little Rock, AR, is facing $77,000 in fines for two safety and health violations for exposing workers to possible amputation hazards at its Little Rock facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The complaint inspection, which began in May, is part of OSHA’s national emphasis program for amputations. The Mumbai, India-based company is a worldwide pipe manufacturer that employs more than 20,000 workers globally, with about 244 workers at its Little Rock facility.

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“Establishing and training workers on safety protocols, along with implementing and enforcing those protocols, are key aspects of any safety and health program,” said Carlos Reynolds, OSHA’s area director in Little Rock. “To protect its workers, this company must comply with OSHA standards.”

A willful violation, with a fine of $70,000, was for failing to use listed or labeled electrical equipment, in accordance with manufacturer instructions. A willful violation is one committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law’s requirements, or with plain indifference to worker safety and health.

A serious violation, with a fine of $7,000, was for failing to install equipment and/or controls to prevent pipes from moving and crushing workers. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

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