The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on August 5 issued citations to Twitchell Products LLC in Dothan a second time for exposing employees to amputations, burns and falls. The specialty fabric manufacturer faces proposed penalties of $57,013. This comes as the result of an investigation initiated on April 20 as part of the agency’s National Emphasis Program on Amputations. Specifically, OSHA issued Twitchell two repeat citations for exposing workers to amputation hazards from unguarded machine rollers and grinders. There were also two serious safety citations for exposing workers to fire and explosions from improperly stored oxygen and fuel cylinders and for exposing employees to slip hazards from not ensuring floors were kept dry.
Twitchell manufactures fabrics used in numerous products and industries, such as seatbelts for the automotive industry. Joseph Roesler, OSHA’s director of the Mobile Area Office, said repeat citations occur when management allows a previously cited hazard to reoccur. “It is troubling to find that workers are being exposed to these hazards again,” Roesler said. I totally agree with his assessment.
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