Safety Fines for Chicago Metal Shop

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 @ 05:07 PM gHale

Midwest Manufacturing and Distributing Inc., doing business as Midwest Metal Forming, is facing $54,780 in fines for three health and safety violations at its Chicago facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA initiated a follow-up inspection of Midwest Metal Forming, March 4. The sheet metal manufacturer faced citations in 2014 for exposing workers to amputation hazards from unguarded machinery and failed to provide OSHA with information detailing how the company had abated the safety hazards.

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OSHA issued one willful and two other-than-serious safety violations.

Investigators found the press brake lacked adequate machine guarding which protects workers from coming in contact with operating parts of the machine. Lack of appropriate machine guarding can cause lacerations, bruises, and amputations.

Two other-than-serious violations were for not using electrical equipment in accordance with labeling and failing to post the annual injury and illness summary.

“Midwest Metal Forming has failed in its responsibility to protect workers from dangerous operating parts of machinery,” said Angeline Loftus, OSHA’s Area Director for the Chicago North Office in Des Plaines. “Each year thousands of workers are injured by such hazards.”