At BEF FOOD INC, the left arm of a 39-year-old production worker became entangled in a moving auger while operating the lockout/Tagout procedure. Multiple wounds and a partial amputation of the worker’s arm were among the injuries she sustained. To release her arm, coworkers had to break the auger. To prevent unwanted accidents related to the lockout/Tagout process, employees must disconnect machines and hardware before performing operation and repair. For two repeat breaches of equipment safety standards, OSHA has proposed fines of $136,532. BEF Foods Inc. BEF FOOD INC was also charged by OSHA in 2016 for related violations at the same plant.
To stop such catastrophic accidents, lockout/Tagout procedures are important. OSHA Outreach Courses provide lockout/tagout certifications. It is important for all businesses to comply with OSHA regulations. Each employee has the right to a healthy working atmosphere!