Steel Fabricator Faces Safety Violations

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 @ 02:05 PM gHale


Structural & Steel Products Manufacturing Ltd. is facing $40,458 in fines for 11 serious safety violations at its Fort Worth, TX, facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Structural & Steel Products has two manufacturing facilities in the Fort Worth area with 160 workers who fabricate a wide variety of steel products.

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Investigators began an inspection Nov. 19, after receiving a complaint about unsafe working conditions at Structural & Steel Products Manufacturing Ltd. The violations inspectors found include:
• Having unrated, unstamped and uninspected spreader bar
• Failing to ensure an overhead crane had rail stop bumpers installed
• Allowing exposed wiring at the pendant controls
• Not ensuring overhead crane pendant control functions ended up identified and legible
• Failing to conduct monthly hook inspections, and failing to ensure certification records for the hooks ended up performed and maintained
• Failing to tag alloy steel slings used with the appropriate identification
• Failing to remove damaged synthetic web slings
• Allowing missing barrier guards on a press and winch
• Having damaged cables and the insulated sheathing pulled away on welding machines
• Having unused openings to the electrical boxes
• Lacking strain-relief mechanisms on electrical extension cords

“The violations we found at Structural & Steel Products Manufacturing demonstrate the company’s lax attitude toward protecting workers who move heavy steel from serious injury,” said Jack Rector, OSHA’s area director in Fort Worth. “A company of this size has the ability and resources to do what’s necessary to protect their employees from these types of hazards, but is failing in its responsibility.”