Steel Wire Maker Fined after Amputation

Monday, November 7, 2016 @ 03:11 PM gHale

Bekaert Corp. is facing $124,710 in fines after an employee suffered an amputation at its Van Buren, Arkansas, facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Bekaert is a global company specializing in steel wire transformation and coating.

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A Bekaert Corp. employee suffered amputation while trying to untangle moving wire at the Arkansas facility that manipulates and coats steel products.

OSHA investigators found machines that carry steel wire and pulleys with unguarded pinch points, a violation for which OSHA cited the company at the same location in April 2015. The agency identified the most recent violation in an inspection that began July 7, resulting in penalties for repeat violation.

“Despite our warnings, Bekaert Corp. has allowed unsafe activities to occur and now a worker has suffered an amputation as a result,” said Carlos Reynolds, OSHA’s Area Director in Little Rock. “This employer must take seriously its responsibility to protect the safety and health of its employees. We will continue to inspect and cite this facility until the company properly guards its machinery, and complies with all safety requirements.”

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