Region 4 News Release: USDOL: 00-222
Mon., Dec. 11, 2000
Contact: Tom Brown
PHONE: (770) 984-8256/8700
OSHA FINES TRENTON, GA., COMPANY $68,900 FOR SAFETY VIOLATIONS
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration today cited the Bull Moose Tube Company and proposed $68,900 in penalties for safety violations found during an inspection at the company's Trenton, Ga., facility.
The agency cited the Missouri-based company for four repeat violations with proposed penalties totaling $47,900. Two of the repeat violations - unguarded machinery and unenclosed chains and sprockets -- exposed workers to amputations and potentially fatal injuries. The remaining two repeat citations dealt with improperly supported compressed gas cylinders and failure to ensure periodic inspection of the energy control procedure by an authorized employee.
According to Thomas Brown, OSHA's Atlanta-West area director, "The company's Chicago, Ill., steel pipe and tube manufacturing plant was cited for the same violations in 1998.
OSHA has particular concerns when an employer has been cited for hazards and fails to take corrective action to protect workers at all its facilities."
The remaining $21,000 penalty was proposed for six serious violations: lack of guardrails around an eight-foot deep open pit; lack of stair rails on an open-sided stairway; lack of lockout/tagout procedures to render machinery inoperable during maintenance and repair; improperly guarded electrical equipment; improper use of compressed gas for cleaning purposes, and exposing workers to possible fire or explosion hazards by locating a gas tank in an area where it could be hit by moving vehicles.
Repeat violations occur when an employee has been cited previously for a substantially similar condition and the citation has become a final order of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
A serious violation is one in which there is a substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result and that the employer knew or should have known of the hazard.
The company, which employs about 2000 workers nationwide and 57 at the Trenton location, has 15 working days to contest OSHA's citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
Inspection of the worksite was conducted by OSHA's Atlanta-West area office located at 2400 Herodian Way, Suite 250, Smyrna, Ga., 30080-2968; telephone: (770) 984-8700.