A manufacturing firm in Texas is facing over $224K in OSHA fines after two major accidents – one before and one just after being inspected. While investigating one serious employee injury in May 2016, at PECOFacet in Mineral Falls, Texas, OSHA inspectors found themselves investigating a second incident in which another employee was hurt seriously three days after they arrived. The agency opened its initial investigation on May 3rd, 2016, after an employee suffered a finger amputation on April 26th, 2016, when a part of metal plate being fabricated fell on the worker’s finger while the employee was still in training. On May 6th, 2016, a 1,300-pound metal product being fabricated fell on an employee’s feet causing serious injuries. OSHA’s investigation of both incidents found workers operating machinery without point of operation and safety guards and emergency stop switches. The agency issued citations and proposed fines of $224,477.
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