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TX: ThyssenKrupp nailed with $172k in fines – Electrical Hazards

October 22, 2012 Leave a comment

Fort Worth, TX: The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration has cited ThyssenKrupp Airport Systems Inc with 28 serious safety violations at its Fort Worth work site for exposing workers to struck by, fall, amputation and shock hazards while they were manufacturing airport passenger boarding bridges. Proposed penalties total $172,000.

The alleged violations involve 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; train workers on lockout tag out procedures for the control of energy sources; and provide strain relief for flexible electrical cords.

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.

ThyssenKrupp Airport Systems, a subsidiary of Chicago based ThyssenKrupp USA Inc, employs about 180 workers in Fort Worth. The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director or contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Story via steelguru.com

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TX Tree Trimmer Electrocuted

FORT WORTH, TX – A tree trimmer in Fort Worth was killed Monday morning.

The man was apparently working at a home on Warren Lane when he was electrocuted.

Fort Worth Fire Department spokesman Tim Hardeman said when rescuers arrived they, “Found a male who appears to be deceased, in a tree. Apparently he was trimming trees at a residence here and came in contact with some power lines.”

Though fire department personnel were on the scene in minutes they couldn’t immediately get up in the tree to the body of Jose Murcia of Arlington.

“Nothing we can do until they cut the power, at this time,” Hardeman said. “So, they are on scene and we should be able to get him down here shortly.”

The 31-year-old victim had a co-worker with him at the time of the accident. The co-worker was the individual who placed the 911 call.

Story via CBS Fort Worth