Extruders Inc., of Wylie, Texas, a division of Dallas-based door and window manufacturer Atrium Corp., is facing $26,500 in citations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Structure of roof warehouse in side(OSHA) following a November incident in which a maintenance worker died.

OSHA announced the citations late last week.

In February, DWM reported that Steven Jeffrey Amdall, 51, died on November 22, 2014, following what Extruders Inc., plant manager Justin Ames called “an unfortunate and tragic event.” Robert Laughon, a field agent with the Collin County (Texas) Medical Examiner’s Office, confirmed to DWM in February that official records of the incident described Amdall’s death as an accident. “His cause of death was blunt force injuries to the chest in combination with traumatic asphyxia,” Laughon told DWM.

A recent search of OSHA’s website found a document, “FY15 Fatalities and Catastrophes to Date,” that lists the following incident on November 22, 2014, at Extruders Inc.: “Worker performing maintenance fatally crushed between saw motor machine and air duct.” (Amdall’s name is not mentioned in the entry.)

Extruders Inc.’s latest OSHA citations, which also don’t mention Amdall’s death, list four serious violations:

  • The employer had not conducted periodic inspection of the energy control procedures for equipment including, but not limited to, the 9-inch press line;
  • Affected employees had not been instructed in the purpose and use of the energy control procedures including, but not limited to, the 9-inch press line.
  • On Nov. 22, 2014, at the 9-inch press line, when employees completed repair of a lower puller pulley shaft and were testing the repair, the proper sequence of actions was not followed, including removal of employees from hazardous areas during the testing and the de-energization and re-application of energy control measures before continuing maintenance activities;
  • On Nov. 22, 2014, at the hot saw for the 9-inch press line, employees lifting aluminum so that it could be picked up by a high puller were exposed to moving machinery.

OSHA spokesperson Kimberly Darby said in an e-mail to DWM that “OSHA cites the hazard and not the accident. Therefore, we don’t mention the names of employees (the deceased) on any citations.”

DWM reached out to Ames for comment on these latest violations, but at press time he had not responded.

In October 2013, DWM reported that OSHA had cited Extruders Inc. for 15 safety violations that totaled $166,000 in penalties, including failure to protect workers from the inadvertent start-up of machinery during maintenance.

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  1. Thank you so much for continuing this story about Steve and letting people know what happen to him.

    Thank you
    Michele and family

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