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Tortilla Factory Amputation Dangers Prompt $218,839 in Fines

June 16, 2021, 12:01 AM

Operators of a family-owned tortilla factory in San Marcos, Texas, face a total of $218,839 in federal safety penalties for allegedly exposing workers repeatedly to amputation hazards at its manufacturing facility.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration Monday issued nine citations—including two repeat serious citations—to Austin-based El Milagro of Texas following a January 2021 inspection that found the company had failed to follow hazardous energy control procedures at its factory, among other violations.

“More than half of workplace amputations involve some type of machinery,” said Austin-area OSHA Director Casey Perkins in a statement Tuesday. “Energy control and lockout/tagout procedures ...

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