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Region 4 News Release ATL: 02-219
Wed., Nov. 13, 2002
Contact: Lorette Post / Jo Anne Burgoyne
Phone: 404-562-2078 / 404-562-2076
Truss Manufacturer Fined $70,000 For Safety Hazards At Jacksonville Plant
North Charleston, S.C. -- The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration today cited Manning Building Supplies, Inc., and fined the company $70,200 for safety violations that led to an accident involving an amputation.
OSHA began an inspection of the company's Jacksonville, Fla., truss manufacturing plant following a June 6 accident that occurred when an employee's arm was caught in a finish press with an unguarded ingoing roller. The worker was unable to free the captured arm because a safety bar, which should have stopped the machine in an emergency, failed to work properly. As a result of the accident, the employee lost two fingers and the dexterity of his left hand.
"This company showed a disregard for worker safety by failing to guard moving machine parts and to fix the safety bar on the finish press even after employees and outside maintenance companies called attention to the need for repair," said James Borders, OSHA's Jacksonville area director. "Employers must take immediate action once they are aware of serious safety hazards that can cause injury or death."
Manning Building Supplies was cited for one willful violation for failure to guard the finish press. A willful citation implies an intentional disregard for, or plain indifference to, safety regulations and requirements.
OSHA also cited the plant for serious violations for failing to guard a saw; have a lock-out/tag-out program, which would render machinery inoperable during servicing and maintenance; ensure that forklift operators were properly trained and evaluated, and have in place an adequate hazard communication or right-to-know program for hazardous chemicals used at the facility.
A serious violation is one where there is a substantial probability that death or serious harm could result and the employer knew, or should have known, of the hazard.
The company has 15 working days to contest OSHA's citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
Inspection of the facility was conducted by OSHA's Jacksonville area office located at 1851 Executive Center Dr., Suite 227, Jacksonville; telephone: (904) 232-2895.
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