Architectural Woodworking Company Faces OSHA Fines

June 30th, 2016 by Editor

Terrill Manufacturing Co. of San Angelo, Texas is facing $58,800 in proposed fines from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) after a January inspection turned up 18 serious violations.

OSHA’s investigation was prompted by several complaints about amputation hazards found at the architectural woodworking manufacturer’s facility. The agency issued Terrill citations for violations including:

  • Failing to establish a respiratory protection program;
  • Not establishing lockout/tagout procedures;
  • Failing to lockout and isolate energy sources prior to maintenance or repair of machines;
  • Not evaluating powered industrial truck operators every three years, as required;
  • Allowing rotating rollers, belts, pulleys, sprockets and chains to operate without safety guards;
  • Failing to prevent automatic restart of woodworking machines after power failures;
  • Not furnishing ripsaws with a spreader, anti-kickback feature and adjustable guards;
  • Not providing hazard communication training to employees working with hazardous chemicals, and;
  • Allowing several hazardous electrical risks.

OSHA also issued citations for two serious violations to A.L. Staffing, operating as Spherion Staffing, which provided temporary workers for Terrill Manufacturing. The violations are for allowing workers to operate machine rollers without machine guards and allowing workers to operate machines without guards to prevent contact with chains and sprockets. The staffing agency is facing $4,800 in proposed fines.

“Industrial machines are very unforgiving and can cause permanent disfigurement if employers fail to cover the moving parts, guard the points of operation and control the energy sources when servicing or repairing the equipment,” said R. Casey Perkins, OSHA’s Area Director in Austin. “This inspection should serve as a warning to Terrill Manufacturing and A.L. Staffing that they both need to correct these violations before an employee is critically injured.”

DWM reached out to Terrill Manufacturing for comment, but did not receive a reply as of press time.

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