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Texas company cited for exposing employees to amputation hazards

A couple of hundred miles to the north of Houston, a Texas manufacturing plant has been cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for a series of safety violations that have put employees in danger of suffering serious injuries in industrial accidents.

The Fort Worth company that makes large, metal tank heads was cited with 18 serious safety violations. Proposed fines total $88,200 for what OSHA said was exposure to workers of amputation hazards and struck-by dangers.

The company uses overhead cranes in its operations, moving and rigging heavy metal objects. OSHA said employees were in danger of being struck by the heavy loads the cranes carry because the Fort Worth facility lacks required machine guarding.

The facility was inspected as part of a program targeting businesses that have had in the past high rates of workplace injuries and illnesses and are in high-risk industries.

The federal agency also cited other dangers at the manufacturing plant, including a failure to regularly inspect the cranes and the hooks and slings used on the cranes.

OSHA deems safety violations to be "serious" when there's a "substantial probability" that the hazards are not only capable of causing serious injuries or even death, but that the employer knew about the hazards or was responsible for knowing about them.

After a serious industrial accident that can put not only a worker's health in danger, but also the person's ability to earn a living, it makes sense to discuss the facts of the incident and injuries with an experienced attorney able to protect a person's rights and interests.

Source: OSHA, "US Labor Department's OSHA cites Fort Worth F&D Head Co. for 18 serious safety violations for exposing workers to amputations, struck-by hazards," Sept. 30, 2013

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