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US Department of Labor's OSHA proposes $63,000 in penalties for exposing
worker to struck-by hazards, other violations at Big 3 Precision Products
CENTRALIA, Ill. – Big 3 Precision Products Inc., which manufactures industrial machine products, has been cited for five safety violations by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The complaint investigation found a willful violation of forklift standards for allowing employees to stand or pass under the elevated portion of forklifts at the Centralia facility. Proposed penalties total $63,000.
"Employers that allow workers to stand or pass under elevated forklifts expose them to dangerous struck-by hazards. Injuries involving machinery and equipment often result in death or permanent disability," said Aaron Priddy, OSHA's area director in Fairview Heights.
A willful violation is one committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law's requirement, or with plain indifference to employee safety and health.
Four serious violations involved lack of machine guarding on portable grinders, w