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Tool company cited for exposing workers to amputations, hearing loss


The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Tuesday it cited a Texas manufacturing company for willfully exposing workers to the risks of amputation and permanent hearing loss.

OSHA cited El Paso-based Dynamic Tool Co. Inc. for two willful safety violations, one willful health violation and 58 other serious violations, and proposed $596,221 in penalties, following an inspection done under the agency’s National Emphasis Program on amputations in the manufacturing industry.

The company failed to have proper machine guards in place to protect workers against amputations and other injuries and it failed to establish and maintain an audiometric testing program designed to protect workers who are exposed to excessive noise, OSHA said.

The company, which OSHA said is one of the country’s leading producers of cylindrical and elliptical cans for the automotive, military and medical industries, has 15 business days to contest the citation and proposed penalties.