Metal Shop Exposes Workers to Machine Hazards

OSHA has proposed $54K in penalties

Midwest Manufacturing and Distributing Inc., also known as Midwest Metal Forming, has been cited for three violations from OSHA. The company manufactures sheet metal.

The citations, including one willful and two other-than-serious, stem from a March 2015 follow-up inspection. Investigators found the press brake lacked adequate machine guarding which protects workers from coming in contact with operating parts of the machine. The two other-than-serious violations were issued for not using electrical equipment in accordance with labeling and failing to post the annual injury and illness summary.

"Midwest Metal Forming has failed in its responsibility to protect workers from dangerous operating parts of machinery," said Angeline Loftus, OSHA's Area Director for the Chicago North Office in Des Plaines. "Each year thousands of workers are injured by such hazards."

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