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Eagle Ford: Oil, gas industry manufacturer cited by OSHA
WEIMAR -- The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Utex Industries Inc. for 38 safety and health violations, with a proposed fine of $143,000, for exposing workers to electrical, fire, machine guarding, and health hazards at its Weimar manufacturing facility. The inspection was initiated in February under OSHA’s Site Specific Targeting program that directs agency enforcement resources to high-hazard workplaces where the highest rates of injuries and illnesses occur.
The serious safety violations include failing to guard machinery, provide a proper conduit for compressed air, ensure electrical equipment is approved for usage, and ensure spray booths have fire-prevention equipment.
The serious health violations include failing to implement a hearing conservation program, provide proper eye and foot protection, provide chemical eyewash stations for workers exposed to corrosive chemicals, and implement a hazardous chemical communication program. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.
Utex Industries, which manufactures gaskets and seals for the oil and gas industry, employs more than 600 workers at the Weimar facility. Its headquarters is in Houston.
For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.
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