Airline Bridge Manufacturer in Fort Worth Cited

Oct. 15,2012 : OSHA has cited a company with 28 serious safety violations at its Fort Worth work site for exposing workers to “struck-by”, fall, amputation, and shock hazards while manufacturing airport passenger boarding bridges. Proposed penalties total around $172,000.

Violations include failing to regularly inspect overhead cranes, hooks and slings; rate or inspect devices used for lifting; provide machine guarding for a press brake and belt sander; ensure that exits are not blocked and are properly marked; provide fall protection such as harnesses and guardrails; and train workers on lockout/tagout procedures for the control of energy sources. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

"This company exposed workers to serious safety hazards that could cause amputations or electrocutions," said Jack Rector, OSHA's area director in Fort Worth. "OSHA will not tolerate an employer's disregard for workplace safety."

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