Safety Fines for Furniture Maker, Temp Agency

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 @ 12:11 PM gHale

Twice in 14 months, MooreCo Inc. temporary workers suffered serious injuries when inadequately guarded machines pulled them in, removing skin from the wrist up to the shoulder in the most recent incident, and from the wrist down in an earlier incident, which led to the employee’s fingertips amputated, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA cited MooreCo for three repeated and six serious violations and placed the company in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

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OSHA cited repeated violations for exposing workers to moving machine parts and failing to shut down machinery properly. The serious violations involved failing to conduct periodic inspections of energy control procedures to ensure machines would not start up during servicing; using personal protective equipment for corrosive chemical splashes; and repairing recognized electrical hazards.

The May 2015 OSHA inspection at MooreCo was in response to an employer referral under new agency injury reporting requirements.

“These violations exposed workers to dangerous moving machine parts that threaten life and limb,” said Casey Perkins, OSHA’s area director in Austin. “Placing MooreCo in the SVEP means the agency will not tolerate excuses and will hold the company accountable for exposing workers to avoidable hazards.”

The agency also cited Manpower Group US Inc., the temporary staffing agency providing MooreCo with workers, for one repeated violation for failing to provide machine guarding.

Proposed fines for MooreCo’s violations are $122,500 and $38,500 for Manpower.

Including temporary workers, MooreCo employs approximately 460 people at its Temple, TX, furniture manufacturing plant. Milwaukee-based Manpower Group has more than 4,000 employees nationwide.