Armor Fabricator Exposing Employees to Amputations and Other Safety Hazards

One fabrication company is cited for failing to protect its employees from a handful of preventable hazards.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited a Miami Lakes, Florida fabrication company $92,820 in penalties for failing to protect its employees from amputation, silica, and other machine-related injuries.

Point Blank Enterprises, Inc. has reportedly failed to ensure the following safeguards for its employees: machine guarding for employee band saws, a lockout/tagout prevention program for unexpected machine starting, proper silica prevention methods, appropriate signage for a silica-regulated area, and adequate monitoring to determine employees’ exposure to silica. OSHA conducted the inspection in conjunction with the National Emphasis Program on Amputations.

OSHA recommends finding and fixing hazards in the workplace before they cause injury or illness to employees. A list of recommended practices for safety and health programs can be found on OSHA’s website.

Point Blank Enterprises, Inc. has fifteen business days upon receipt of the citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA director, or contest the findings before the Independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. Read the full report from the U.S. Department of Labor here.

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