MOUNT ENTERPRISE, TX - J.P. Spivey Supply was cited for one willful and 13 serious safety and health violations by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration after two workers lost fingers operating a saw.
The alleged violations carry proposed penalties totaling $57,200.
OSHA began its investigation at Spivey's facility after receiving a report that two employees had fingers amputated while cutting material to be used as blocking and padding in the construction of manufactured homes on on a swing cut-off saw. Spivey was cited for a willful violation because the saw did not have the required machine guarding.
The serious safety violations lodged against Spivey included failing to implement energy control procedures for machinery with more than one energy source; ensure workers were trained on the use of powered industrial trucks, ensure that electrical equipment was approved for locations that contain combustible dust and implement a hearing conservation program to protect workers from excessive noise levels.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is actively pursuing development of a mandated table saw safety regulation in an effort to reduce saw-related injuries, including amputations and lacerations.
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