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Region 6 News Release: 14-459-DAL
April 9, 2014
Contact: Diana Petterson      Juan Rodriguez
Phone: 972-850-4710      972-850-4710
Email: petterson.diana@dol.gov      rodriguez.juan@dol.gov

Fort Worth tank parts manufacturer cited by the US Department of Labor's
OSHA for exposing workers to struck-by and amputation hazards

FORT WORTH, Texas – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited EICA Industries Inc. of Fort Worth for 17 serious violations for exposing workers to preventable struck-by and amputation hazards. The proposed penalty is $46,000.

OSHA's Fort Worth Area Office began an inspection in December 2013 under the agency's Regional Emphasis Program on Fabricated Metal Products*, which focuses on machinery and other serious hazards in the metal fabrication industry that can cause serious harm or death. The inspection found that workers were exposed to struck-by hazards associated with rigging and moving heavy metal with overhead cranes. Workers also were exposed to amputation hazards from a failure to provide machine guarding and for failing to develop and implement lockout/tagout procedures. During the five-year period from January 2006 through December 2011, Region VI investigated 46 fatal accidents at metal fabrication establishments, which resulted in 48 deaths.

"This employer exposed its workers to avoidable workplace hazards that can cause serious injuries and possibly death," said Jack Rector, OSHA's area director in Fort Worth. "Employers must recognize the hazards that exist in their workplaces and develop safety and health policies and procedures to protect workers on the job."

The 17 serious safety violations include failing to provide required machine guarding; regularly inspect overhead cranes, hoists, hooks and slings