Workers Injured at Telecommunication Tower Manufacturing Plant

2 workers were injured in separate incidents

According to a news release from OSHA, FWT LLC has been cited for one repeat and one serious safety violation by OSHA after two employees were injured in separate incidents at the company’s Hicksville facility, which manufactures telecommunication towers. OSHA has proposed penalties of $45,500 for exposing the workers to amputation hazards.

FWT has headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas, and employs about 750 workers corporate wide. The injured employers were at the facility and operated cranes that loaded telecommunication poles into squaring presses, which flatten part of the poles, when the injuries occurred.

“The workers’ injuries were serious and preventable had basic machine guards been provided on the equipment they were expected to use daily,” said Kim Nelson, OSHA’s area director in Toledo, in the statement.

FWT was issued a repeat violation for failing to provide adequate protection on the squaring press, which exposed workers to amputation hazards. The company was cited for a similar violation at the Hicksville facility in 2013.

One serious violation was issued for lack of guarding on the squaring press point of operation. The squaring press flattens the knuckles on the end of telecommunication tower poles, and without proper guarding; it can cause catastrophic injury, according to the report.

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