Metal Fabrication Inc. has been cited for 12 alleged safety and
health violations after a worker was killed by an automated
Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed penalties
totaling $317,000. The East Peoria, Ill., company has two weeks
to gain compliance, meet with OSHA or contest the findings.
death was preventable had Hagel ensured adequate machine
guarding, effective lockout-tagout procedures and worker
training on hazards, said Tom Bielema, OSHAs Peoria-area
OSHA said that its
investigation of the Feb. 22 accident found that employees were
exposed to amputation hazards while operating a power press
brake because the guard had not been set up properly, and
workers made formal complaints during the investigation,
prompting two additional inspections.
OSHA cited Hagel for
allegedly bypassing machine safeguards on two laser-cutting
machines and failing to lock out sources of hazardous machine
energy, designed to prevent employees from being in areas of
the machine where they could be struck and crushed by moving
violations included unguarded open-sided floors and
Hagel did not return a call seeking comment.