El Paso, TX

El Paso machine shop fined $596k for exposing employees to safety hazards

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El Paso, Texas - The U.S. Department of Labor's inspection of Dynamic Tool Co. Inc., a manufacturing company, revealed significant safety and health hazards. This inspection was part of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) program focusing on amputations in manufacturing industries.

Founded in 1979, Dynamic Tool Co. Inc. is a producer of precision parts and components for various industries, including automotive, military, and medical sectors. The company now faces substantial penalties for numerous violations, including willful exposure of employees to risks.

Key Points

  • Dynamic Tool Co. Inc. was found to have 58 violations during an OSHA inspection, including three willful violations.
  • The company was fined over $596,000 for these infractions.
  • Two of the willful safety violations involved a lack of machine guards, exposing workers to amputation risks and other injuries.
  • The willful health violation was due to the failure to establish and maintain an audiometric testing program for employees exposed to excessive noise.
  • Serious violations included the absence of lockout/tagout systems, inadequate training on energy control procedures, improper material storage, use of unsafe powered industrial trucks, unguarded belts and gears, electrical hazards, and lack of a noise monitoring program.

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