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Mission to Venus: OSHA probe finds multiple violations

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OSHA inspectors staging a spot inspection at K-T Galvanizing Co. in the Dallas-Fort Worth-area town of Venus found 13 serious violations of workplace safety and health regulations.

Inspectors levied $53,200 in fines for an assortment of violations, including not having a written hearing conservation program, failing to conduct a hazard assessment and not having a hazard communication program. OSHA said the company committed confined-space safety violations.

Fork lifts caused numerous problems—OSHA found no functional seatbelts, safety warning signage was missing, forklift safety training was inadequate and the machines themselves were in disrepair.

Note: OSHA inspected K-T Galvanizing as part of its Regional Emphasis Program for Fabricated Metals. Employers should study the OSHA website (www.osha.gov/dep/leps/leps.html) to identify the industries on which the administration is focusing its efforts. It is particularly important for companies in targeted industries to run safety audits before OSHA inspectors are at the door.

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