The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has recently cited a brick manufacturing company for three serious safety breaches, following the death of a worker on June 16, 2015.
The 41-year-old worker was crushed by a brick setting machine when it started operating while he was retrieving bricks that had been drying in the kiln. Investigation revealed that the machine had no safety guards installed.
An inspection conducted by OSHA revealed inadequate safety guards on belts exposing workers to dangerous operating parts of machinery. There were also missing railings on the brick setting machine platform exposing workers to fall hazards.
OSHA’s area director in Omaha, Jeff Funke said the incident should serve as a reminder for employers to establish safe systems of work to protect workers from hazards.
“This was a sad and preventable incident. Machine safety guards would have prevented this worker’s death,” said Mr Funke.
“Employers must protect their workers from operating parts of machinery by installing and maintaining safety mechanisms that prevent them from coming in contact with operating parts of machinery.”