Metal Fabricator Facing Safety Fines

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 @ 01:04 PM gHale

M&M Manufacturing Co. LLC is facing $55,000 in fines for one repeat and three serious safety violations after an amputation occurred at its Houston, TX, site, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA initiated the March inspection after receiving a report of an amputation at the facility under the new OSHA recordkeeping and reporting requirements that became effective January 1.

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OSHA’s Houston North Area Office cited the employer for three serious violations for failing to disable potentially hazardous machinery and not guarding machine parts, which exposed workers to amputation hazards. The employer also received a citation for one repeat violation for failing to guard equipment in which workers could end up caught and injured.

“Any time a worker is exposed to machinery without proper guarding is one more time that worker is in jeopardy of losing a limb or even a life. Such negligence over a commonsense safety requirement will not be tolerated,” said Joann Figueroa, OSHA’s acting area director in the Houston North office. “It is the employer’s responsibility to find and fix hazards in the workplace.”

M&M Manufacturing, headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, has manufacturing facilities in Fort Worth, Dallas, Houston, Austin and Little Rock, Arkansas.

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