Citations Claim Company Exposed Workers to Struck-by and Electrical Hazards

OSHA has fined the aluminum company $47,600.

Texas TST Inc. has been cited for 13 safety violations for exposing workers to struck-by, electrical, and unguarded machine hazards, according to a report from OSHA.

An investigation resulted in citations issued for failure to secure compressed gas cylinders, provide strain relief on electrical circuits, and repair damaged welding cables. OSHA's release said the company also failed to enclose or guard sprockets and chains located 7 feet or less from the floor and to keep workers from being struck by aluminum metal chips from an unguarded machine and grinders.

"Where machine guarding and electrical hazards are concerned, making the necessary changes to comply with OSHA standards can mean the difference between life and death," said Elizabeth Linda Routh, OSHA's area director in Lubbock. "This employer did not take the steps necessary to keep workers safe during the performance of their daily duties."

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