October 6, 2012 - The U.S. Department of Labor's
Occupational Safety and 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.
OSHA's Fort Worth Area Office initiated an
inspection of the North Sylvania Avenue facility
under the agency's National Emphasis Program on
Amputations and its Regional Emphasis Program on
Safety and Health Hazards in the Manufacture of
Fabricated Metal Products.
The 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/tagout procedures for the control of
energy sources; and provide strain relief for
flexible electrical cords.