OSHA Fines Metal Products Maker $122K for Machine-Related Injury
Metal roofing manufacturer and supplier Blac Investments Inc., operating as Tri County Metals, received several citations from the U.S. Department of Labor, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) after an employee suffered a serious hand injury to a machine at the firm. Trenton, FL facility. The company faces a fine of $122,879.
The hand of a 21-year-old machine operator was partially amputated on Feb. 1 on a machine used to cut sheet metal. The agency launched an investigation and determined that Tri County Metals allowed protective guards to be removed from the machine because they created imperfections on new roofing sheets.
“Blac Investments management has made a conscious decision to remove the guards on three machines that exposed employees to dangerous metal shears,” said OSHA Area Office Director Michelle Gonzalez in Jacksonville, FL, in a press release from the agency. “They put profit before the safety of their employees and a young employee is permanently disabled.”
OSHA called the company a willful offense for removing the guards and exposing employees to amputation hazards.
Tri County Metals has 15 business days from receipt of the citations to comply, contest the findings before an independent panel, or request an informal conference with an OSHA area director.
Blac Investments operates seven plants for the production of roofing materials in the US.