Safety Fines for Steel Wire Producer

Monday, April 27, 2015 @ 10:04 AM gHale

Bekaert Corp. is facing $76,000 in fines for 12 violations, including eight serious and one repeated, at its Van Buren, AR, facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA opened the inspection in December based on a complaint of unguarded machinery and lead exposure.

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The violations include the company’s failure to prevent lead accumulation and contamination, and failure to guard machines to shield workers from cutting blades and moving parts during operation.

The repeated violation, with a penalty of $53,000, was for failing to guard machines to prevent exposure to hazards such as pinch points, and rotating and moving parts. The company received a similar violation after a November 2011 inspection.

“Without protections, moving machine parts can lead to workers losing limbs,” said Carlos Reynolds, OSHA’s area director in Little Rock. “It is the responsibility of the employer to find and fix these hazards to keep workers safe.”

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