OSHA fines firms for loss of life, amputation accidents – Enterprise Insurance

An occupational health and safety agency investigation into the death of a 19-year-old worker at an industrial facility in Claremore, Oklahoma, found the company was not using proper equipment or performing inspections and maintenance on cranes.

Valmont Coatings Inc., based in Omaha, Nebraska, a provider of hot dip galvanizing and coating services, was cited with proposed fines of $ 202,000 for one deliberate and five serious violations after the worker attached several small sheet steel beams to it a large hoist when the entire assembly fell on him.

OSHA also announced this week fines of $ 136,532 for Chicago-based Tootsie Roll Industries LLC after a worker at one of its manufacturing plants suffered a partial finger amputation after his employer allowed security locks to be bypassed on a machine's access doors, which enabled a bag sealer to close on an employee's fingers.

The agency's investigation into the incident revealed that the worker reached into an unguarded machine to remove stuck scraps of paper when the jaws of the bag's seal closed, leading investigators to bring the company on to a willful misconduct for neglecting the machines .

Also announced this week, two complaints about unsafe working conditions at a food production facility in Verona, Missouri, led federal safety and health inspectors to investigate allegations that exposed workers to multiple safety and health hazards, including toxic substances, flammable dust and moving machine parts .

OSHA identified 24 serious security breaches and proposed fines of $ 300,759 to BCP Ingredients Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Balchem ​​Corp..

Initially, the companies could not be reached to comment.

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