Safety Fines at El Paso Stamping Plant

Thursday, September 17, 2015 @ 05:09 PM gHale

When a worker lost a finger and had two others crushed, Stampcoat Inc. doing business as El Paso Tool & Die in El Paso, Texas, underwent an inspection by investigators at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

During the inspection, another worker lost the tip of his thumb.

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That is why the company is now facing $119,000 in fines for 33 health and safety violations, OSHA officials said.

Stampcoat, headquartered in El Paso, fabricates stamped metal components for equipment manufacturers and employs 98 workers.

Investigators issued 33 citations, 32 of them serious, including failing to properly safeguard workers against caught-between and impact hazards, properly shutting down machinery during servicing and maintenance, and training workers on using personal protective equipment such as hearing, hand and respiratory equipment.

OSHA conducted the inspection under its National Emphasis Program on Amputations.

“For somebody working with a die stamp, a proper machine guard can mean the difference between keeping your fingers or losing them. The violations at this facility led to two workers being permanently injured. OSHA’s standards addressing these hazards have existed for decades, and the failure to follow these most basic safety requirements is unacceptable,” said Diego Alvarado Jr., OSHA’s area director in El Paso.