Region 6 News Release: USDL-OSHA-98-88-10-13
Tuesday, Oct. 13, 1998
Contact: Sherrie Moran or Diana Petterson, (214) 767-4776, ext 223 and 222
DALLAS COMPANY AGREES TO PAY PENALTY AND IMPROVE SAFETY AT FACILITY FOLLOWING OSHA INSPECTION
Atrium Door and Window agreed to pay $130,000 in penalties proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) following a comprehensive safety and health inspection of their facility in Dallas, Texas. The company also agreed to make significant safety improvements at the plant.
The citations resulted from an OSHA inspection that was prompted by a national inspection targeting initiative based on the occupational injury and illness experiences of more than 60,000 employers surveyed throughout the United States. Atrium Door and Window manufactures both doors and windows for construction projections. The company employs 175 at its Dallas facility.
OSHA cited the employer on Oct. 9, for deficiencies in machine guarding, improper use of electrical equipment, emergency exit problems and deficiencies in its lockout/tagout program. (Lockout/tagout calls for securing energy sources in the off position during maintenance work so that equipment under repair cannot be restarted until the person performing the work unlocks the system.)
"Atrium Door and Window has agreed to resolve this matter as quickly as possible and to implement key elements of a comprehensive safety and health program," said Area Director Kathryn Delaney of the Dallas Area OSHA office. Delaney noted that "settlement of these issues helps both the company and OSHA focus on their mutual goal to provide a safe workplace without the burden of prolonged litigation." The company will dedicate additional safety resources to the facility, enhance employee participation in the site safety program, and perform regular reviews of supervisory responsibility for workplace safety programs.