Temp’s Amputation Brings Safety Fines

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 @ 04:11 PM gHale

Genesis Today Inc. and Texas Management Division Inc., doing business as TMD Temporaries, in Austin, Texas, are facing fines of $63,000 after a worker suffered an amputation at the Genesis Today Austin facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Genesis Today, a health food supplement manufacturer, is facing a citation for one willful safety violation for failing to provide machine guarding to prevent workers from ending up caught in an auger conveyor.

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Texas Management Division Inc., which provided Genesis Today with temporary workers, is facing a serious violation for failing to ensure the machine had proper guarding.

OSHA initiated the May 18 inspection after a worker’s hand ended up caught in the machine and amputated.

“The loss of his hand is going to affect this worker for the rest of his life and it was entirely preventable,” said Casey Perkins, OSHA’s area director in Austin. “If his employer had followed common sense safety procedures, he could have avoided this devastating injury. Temporary workers face the same hazards that full-time workers do and they must be protected and properly trained. The host employer and the staffing agency are both responsible for keeping their workers safe.”

Genesis Today fines are $56,000 and Texas Management Division fines are $7,000.

Genesis Today, headquartered in Austin, employs about 40 workers at its Austin facility and Texas Management Division, headquartered in Houston, employs about 1,000 workers nationwide.