Chemical Safety Incidents
Safety Fines for Metal Stamping Plant
Thursday, April 7, 2016 @ 04:04 PM gHale
A Bolingbrook, IL, metal stamping company exposed workers to amputations and other serious injuries repeatedly by allowing numerous machines to operate without safety guards and is now facing $110,000 in fines, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
OSHA cited D&D Manufacturing for seven repeat, six serious and four other-than-serious safety violations after an October inspection. The visit came in response to a complaint received by OSHA.
The agency placed D&D in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program. The violations found at the Bolingbrook facility, which also serves as the company’s corporate headquarters, are similar to those discovered less than three years ago at the company’s Southwest manufacturing facility in El Paso, Texas.
“One hundred and seventy-three Illinois workers suffered preventable amputations in 2015,” said Kathy Webb, OSHA’s area director in Calumet City. “OSHA’s common sense safety standards require manufacturers to provide training, safe guards and procedures to prevent workers from coming in contact with the operating parts of a machine. Employers like D&D Manufacturing must do more to protect workers from these debilitating injuries.”
OSHA’s investigation found the company failed to provide:
• Proper machine guarding to prevent contact with moving parts.
• Locking and blocking devices to prevent unexpected machine starts and operation.
• Training to workers on machine hazards and safety procedures.
• Proper storage of compressed gas cylinders
Inspectors also found workers suffered exposure to live wires and damaged electrical equipment. The company also failed to report an amputation injury to OSHA within 24-hour and maintain accurate injury and illness records, as required.
Since Jan. 1, 2015, OSHA requires all employers to report any severe work-related injury – defined as a hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye – within 24 hours. The requirement that an employer report a workplace fatality within eight hours remains in force.
D&D fabricates metal components for equipment manufacturers. It employs 75 workers in Illinois and about 40 in El Paso.