Temporary Workers Exposed to Amputation Dangers at Woodworking Manufacturer

OSHA has issued 18 serious violations to Terrill Manufacturing Co. of San Angelo, Texas, and two to A.L. Staffing Inc., which provided the workers.

OSHA announced it has cited Terrill Manufacturing Company for 18 serious violations after several complaints prompted an inspection in January 2016 at a work site in San Angelo, Texas. Some of the violations the agency found included failing to establish a respiratory protection program, not establishing lockout/tagout procedures, failing to lock out and isolate energy sources, not evaluating powered industrial truck operators, failing to prevent automatic restarts of woodworking machines, not furnishing ripsaws with a spreader, and not providing hazard communication training to employees working with hazardous chemicals.

The company, a woodworking manufacturer, contracted with A.L. Staffing Inc., d/b/a Spherion Staffing, to provide temporary workers. OSHA has also cited A.L. Staffing for two serious violations: allowing workers to operate machine rollers without machine guards and allowing workers to operate machines without guards to prevent contact with chains and sprockets.

The agency issued $58,800 in proposed fines to Terrill Manufacturing Company and $4,800 to A.L. Staffing.

"Industrial machines are very unforgiving and can cause permanent disfigurement if employers fail to cover the moving parts, guard the points of operation, and control the energy sources when servicing or repairing the equipment," said R. Casey Perkins, OSHA's Area Director in Austin. "This inspection should serve as a warning to Terrill Manufacturing and A.L. Staffing that they both need to correct these violations before an employee is critically injured."

Download Center

  • OSHA Recordkeeping Guide

    In case you missed it, OSHA recently initiated an enforcement program to identify employers who fail to electronically submit Form 300A recordkeeping data to the agency. When it comes to OSHA recordkeeping, there are always questions regarding the requirements and ins and outs. This guide is here to help! We’ll explain reporting, recording, and online reporting requirements in detail.

  • Incident Investigations Guide

    If your organization has experienced an incident resulting in a fatality, injury, illness, environmental exposure, property damage, or even a quality issue, it’s important to perform an incident investigation to determine how this happened and learn what you can do to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the steps of performing an incident investigation.

  • Lone Worker Guide

    Lone workers exist in every industry and include individuals such as contractors, self-employed people, and those who work off-site or outside normal hours. These employees are at increased risk for unaddressed workplace accidents or emergencies, inadequate rest and breaks, physical violence, and more. To learn more about lone worker risks and solutions, download this informative guide.

  • Job Hazard Analysis Guide

    This guide includes details on how to conduct a thorough Job Hazard Analysis, and it's based directly on an OSHA publication for conducting JHAs. Download the guide to learn how to identify potential hazards associated with each task of a job and set controls to mitigate hazard risks.

  • The Basics of Incident Investigations Webinar

    Without a proper incident investigation, it becomes difficult to take preventative measures and implement corrective actions. Watch this on-demand webinar for a step-by-step process of a basic incident investigation, how to document your incident investigation findings and analyze incident data, and more. 

  • Vector Solutions

Featured Whitepaper

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - November December 2022

    November December 2022

    Featuring:

    • IH: GAS DETECTION
      The Evolution of Gas Detection
    • OSHA TOP 10
      OSHA's Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards for FY 2022
    • FALL PROTECTION
      Enhance Your Fall Protection Program with Technology
    • 90TH ANNIVERSARY
      The Future: How Safety WIll Continue to Evolve
    View This Issue