MooreCo faces OSHA fines for amputation hazards exposure
October 21, 2021 | 11:31 am CDT
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TEMPLE, Texas – Contract furniture manufacturer MooreCo Inc. faces $249,657 in fines for its failure to stop exposing its workers to amputation hazards. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration said it has given the Temple, Texas-based furniture design and manufacturing company several opportunities to correct the problems.

Responding to a complaint, the OSHA investigation on April 20 found an employee suffered a broken finger when their hand was caught in a machine. The employee’s injury occurred while feeding raw materials into an adhesive roller coater for the gluing of furniture parts. Inspectors determined that the company removed guarding and failed to follow hazardous energy control procedures to prevent sudden machine start-up or movement during maintenance and servicing.

Following the inspection, OSHA cited the company for three repeat violations related to energy control and two serious violations for failing to follow lockout/tagout procedures and provide machine guarding to protect workers from the moving parts.

OSHA cited the company for similar violations in 2015 and 2018.

“Lockout/tagout and machine guarding violations are two of the most frequently cited hazards and if not addressed, the consequences can be serious or fatal worker injuries,” said OSHA Area Director Casey Perkins in Austin, Texas. “The threat of being caught in an unforgiving machine is a constant danger in a manufacturing setting. Aside from the terrible physical toll paid by injured workers, these preventable incidents can be life-altering events that leave workers unable to support themselves and their families.”

Founded in 1985 and rebranded as MooreCo Inc. in 2007, the company designs and manufactures furniture for commercial use in offices, schools and other locations, as well as custom project design. Its clients include the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps, NASA, Amazon and Apple.

MooreCo has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

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Karen M. Koenig has more than 30 years of experience in the woodworking industry, including visits to wood products manufacturing facilities throughout North America, Europe and Asia. As editor of special publications under the Woodworking Network brand, including the Red Book Best Practices resource guide and website, Karen’s responsibilities include writing, editing and coordinating of editorial content. She is also a contributor to FDMC and other Woodworking Network online and print media owned by CCI Media. She can be reached at karen.koenig@woodworkingnetwork.com