Canned Food Firm Fined after Amputation

Thursday, March 21, 2019 @ 04:03 PM gHale

Bruce Foods Corporation, a Mexican food manufacturer based in El Paso, Texas, is facing $194,350 in fines after an employee suffered an amputation, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Investigators cited the company for 24 serious safety violations including failing to train employees in lockout/tagout procedures, inadequate machine guarding, lack of fall protection, and exposing employees to live electrical parts.

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“Moving machine parts can cause severe injuries when they are not properly guarded and safety procedures are not in place,” said OSHA El Paso Area Director Diego Alvarado Jr. “This injury could have been prevented with employee training and proper machine guarding.”

In one violation, employees were exposed to explosion and struck-by hazards outside and behind the production areas, when pressurized process piping used to supply steam from boilers was not secured properly causing excessive vibration and high pressure water leaks.

In another violation, employees were exposed to unexpected energization or machine movement, or the release of stored energy because the employer did not provide lockout/tagout devices or hardware.

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