Safety Fines for TX Plastics Maker

Friday, January 30, 2015 @ 05:01 PM gHale

Plastic Molding Technology Inc. is facing $47,700 in fines for 11 safety violations at its El Paso, TX, facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA initiated the November 2014 inspection under the National Emphasis Program on Amputations in an effort to reduce workplace hazards that cause or are likely to cause amputations.

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OSHA cited the employer for failure to develop procedures for properly isolating the equipment energy source to prevent the equipment from moving while workers performed maintenance; perform required periodic inspections of its lockout/tagout program, which protects workers from machine hazards during maintenance and servicing; replace damaged or missing safety guards on a plastic injection molding machine and other equipment that could cause burns or electrical shock to workers. Additionally, electrical equipment did not have proper installation or maintenance and a conveyor did not have effective grounding to prevent workers from electrocution. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

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