August 2022 OSHA Enforcement News: TX

After investigating a worker’s partial arm amputation, the US Department of Labor finds the manufacturer ignored machine safety procedures

TEMPLE, TX – While trying to clear debris from a hot laminating machine that lacked adequate machine guards or locking devices, a worker’s right forearm was caught, leading to a partial amputation. In addition to not installing the guards or locking devices that would have saved the worker’s arm, the company did not conduct periodic inspections of their machine safety procedures. As this is not the manufacturer’s first run-in with OSHA, they were issued citations for one willful, one repeat, and three serious violations. 

“This worker’s life was forever altered because his employer ignored known safety hazards,” said OSHA Area Director Casey Perkins. “Industrial machinery is unforgiving and can cause sudden, severe and disabling injuries or worse when energy control procedures and guards are bypassed or inadequate.”

58% of amputations involve machinery, so be sure to consult OSHA’s resources on controlling hazardous energy (lockout/tagout) and proper machine guarding.

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