Reporting L.P. Phillips
DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A Dallas manufacturing company has been cited with three safety violations and fined $66,900 by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration after a worker’s arm was amputated inside a packaging machine.
The OSHA investigation, which began in February at BCW Food Products on Denton Drive, cites the company with one willful violation for failing to protect its workers.
In the incident, a workers left arm was amputated by an industrial screw conveyor while cleaning the inside of a packaging machine.
A similar violation was cited to the company in November 2012. The violation was classified as a “serious violation”, which occurs when there is “substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.”
“This is the second time in less than a year that BCW Food Products has failed to comply with OSHA’s regulations which safeguard lockout and tagout equipment energy sources. These energy sources can easily expose workers to amputation, as they did in this case,” said Stephen Boyd, OSHA’s area director in Dallas. “Had the employer followed OSHA standards, this incident could have been prevented. Employers must take their responsibilities under the law seriously.”
BCW Food Products released the following statement in response to OSHA’s findings.
OSHA’s process allows our company to respond to the citations OSHA has issued, and we will do so at the appropriate time. Our company is working with OSHA to ensure that all of our valued team members have a safe work environment and follow the safety procedures that are part of their training. This incident involved equipment that was being cleaned.
BCW Food Products specializes in custom mixes, bases and concentrates and has manufacturing facilities and warehouses in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Colorado, Kansas, Utah and Illinois.
The company has 15 days to comply or request an informal conference with OSHA officials.
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