An investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration after the death of a 19-year-old worker at an industrial facility in Claremore, Nebraska, found that the company failed to use appropriate rig equipment and performs inspections and maintenance on cranes.  Omaha, Nebraska-based Valmont Coatings Inc., a provider of hot dip galvanizing and applied coating services, was cited for intentional and five serious violations with $ 202,000 in proposed penalties, following the incident in which the worker attached several small steel I-beams to a large lifting luminaire when the whole congregation fell on him.
This week, OSHA also announced a $ 136,532 fine for Chicago-based Tootsie Roll Industries LLC after a worker at one of its manufacturing facilities suffered a partial finger amputation after their employer allowed bypassed security locks on a machine's access doors that allowed a bag closure to close on an employee's finger.
The agency's investigation into the incident revealed that the worker reached into an unguarded machine to remove paper debris when the jaws' jaws were closed, which led investigators to cite the company for an intentional violation for not guarding machines.
Also this week, two complaints about unsafe working conditions at a commercial production facility in Verona, Missouri, were reported that federal safety and health inspectors investigated allegations of workers' exposure to several safety and health hazards, including toxic substances, combustible dust and moving machine parts.
OSHA found 24 serious security breaches and proposed $ 300,759 in penalties for BCP Ingredients Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Balchem Corp.
The companies could not be immediately reached for comment.