Workers arms crushed, company cited
After a machine operator's arms were crushed, federal regulators proposed penalties against Custom Rubber Products in Houston for creating a dangerous work environment.
This week, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Custom Rubber Products with eight violations for failing to guard its machines that exposed workers to life-threatening hazards. The agency proposed penalties of $560,000.
"In an instant, moving machine parts can crush workers or amputate fingers or limbs," assistant secretary of labor for OSHA David Michaels said in a statement. "Safeguards are essential to protect workers from these preventable injuries. Employers must ensure that guards are functioning on machines that can cause these injuries, and there is no excuse for failing to provide them."