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$108,000 OSHA penalty for manufacturing company

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OSHA has announced that a Texas manufacturer faces $108,000 in proposed penalties for failing to abate safety violations after a worker died from an electrical shock.

In January 2008, OSHA flagged six violations—four of them serious and two less serious—against JD Manufacturing, doing business as Arrow Waste. The violations carried penalties totaling $25,500.

OSHA investigators reinspected the facility in October 2008 and discovered that the Houston-based company had not corrected the problems.

OSHA said the violations included failing to have a written program for controlling hazardous energy, not installing required wiring in accordance with OSHA regulations, failing to adequately mark circuits to indicate their purpose, not having a hazard communications program in place and not maintaining required records.

According to OSHA Area Director Dean McDaniel, JD Manufacturing “completely ignored abating the violations while continuing to expose employees to a hazardous working environment.”

McDaniel added that ignoring violations “will not be tolerated.”

Final note: Are your safety programs updated? If not, now is a good time to conduct a review and make changes to incorporate new technology and equipment. Update employee training programs, too.

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