Safety Alert for TX Metal Stamping Plant

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 @ 02:07 PM gHale

D&D Manufacturing Inc, an El Paso, TX, metal stamping plant, is facing $321,750 in fines for 13 safety and health violations, according to officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA issued the fines after an inspection prompted by a formal complaint. The inspection identified issues where workers ended up exposed to amputations and other serious injuries from unsafe machinery, including a violation for ignoring the danger of allowing employees to work with a defective 500-pound metal press the company knew had repeatedly dropped without warning.

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D&D Manufacturing fabricates stamped, metal components for equipment manufacturers. The company has headquarters in Bolingbrook, IL, and employs 37 workers in El Paso. It also has a facility in Mexico.

Completed under OSHA’s National Emphasis Program on Amputations, the inspection follows one in December 2014 that resulted in 36 citations for serious safety violations.

“D&D is aware of the dangers at its production facility, but has done nothing to correct them. An employee could have been seriously injured,” said Diego Alvarado Jr., OSHA’s area director in El Paso. “There is no reason, or excuse for a company to ignore basic safety requirements.”

OSHA cited the company for four willful, one repeated, six serious and two other violations. In addition to allowing workers to use the defective press, D&D did not ensure employees on the production floor wore appropriate eye protection, given the risk of flying metal particles blinding them, OSHA said.

Additionally, the company failed to make sure employees used hearing protection in areas where noise levels were above the acceptable limits. The repeated violation was for failing to have all illuminated exit signs lit.