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Texas Factory Faces $412,750 OSHA Fine Following Amputations

July 19, 2021, 10:20 PM

The amputation of a worker’s fingers by a 500-ton machine press in a Texas metal-stamping factory has led OHSA to propose $412,750 in total fines against the El Paso-based employer.

One citation for a willful violation, released Monday by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, alleged D&D Manufacturing Inc. failed to ensure machine guards were used to prevent workers from reaching into two 500-ton hydraulic presses while the machines were operating.

The citation also alleged workers were allowed to use makeshift devices fashioned from plastic wrap, t-shirts, and gloves to circumvent controls intended to prevent workers from reaching into ...

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