AL Pipe Maker Fined after Amputation

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 11:02 AM gHale

Fiberglass pipe manufacturer RPS Composites Alabama Inc. is facing $74,833 in fines for safety and health violations after an employee suffered a finger amputation, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA investigators determined that due to a lack of machine guarding, the employee’s safety-gloved hand was pulled into a pipe-winding machine, resulting in a finger amputation.

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OSHA cited the Mobile, AL, manufacturer for 10 serious and two other-than-serious violations or exposing employees to struck-by and caught-in hazards by failing to install proper machine guarding; failing to train employees on how to control energy sources, and allowing combustible dust to accumulate.

“Employers must evaluate their workplace to ensure employees are provided appropriate training, and the equipment they use is properly guarded to prevent amputation hazards,” said OSHA Mobile Area Office Director Joseph Roesler.

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