Region 6 News Release: USDL-OSHA-99-60-5-18
Tuesday, May 18, 1999
Contact: Diana Petterson or Beverly Sepulveda
PHONE : (214) 767-4776, ext. 222 or 221
OSHA PROPOSES $81,900 PENALTY AGAINST WHEATLAND TUBE COMPANY, LITTLE ROCK DIV., LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Wheatland Tube Co., Little Rock Division, with proposed penalties of $81,900 for alleged safety and health violations resulting from a programmed planned inspection under OSHA's Interim Targeting Plan, announced the U.S. Department of Labor.
Wheatland employs about 900 employees at its facility at 8200 Frazier Pike in Little Rock where the steel tubing is manufactured. The company's division office is also located in Little Rock.
According to Paul J. Hansen, Jr., Little Rock OSHA area director, the alleged violations were discovered during a programmed planned inspection conducted between December 4, 1998 and March 12, 1999.
The company was cited for 27 serious violations and one other-than-serious violation. A serious violation is one in which there is a substantial probability of death or serious physical harm could result.
The serious violations consisted of the following:
- Failure to ensure the usage of seat belts during the used of powered industrial trucks.
- Failure to maintain walking/working surfaces in a clean and orderly condition
- Failure to provide guarding on open-sided floors or platforms
- Failure to maintain proper access to exits
- Failure to maintain proper separation of flammable/combustible storage tanks
- Failure to provide training to employees to ensure proper implementation of an energy control program
- Failure to provide proper training to operators and ensure proper operations of powered industrial trucks
- Failure to provide machine guarding and/or to properly guard points of operation on machinery
- Failure to provide proper guarding on abrasive wheel machinery
- Failure to properly guard power transmission apparatus
- Failure to properly store oxygen and fuel gas cylinders
- Failure to properly guard live electrical parts
- Failure to train employees in electrical safety related work practices
- Failure to provide, and ensure usage of personal protective equipment
- Failure to train employees as to the physical and health hazards of the chemicals used in the work area.
The other-than-serious violation was for failure to train employees in the use of personal protective equipment.
The scheduled inspection of this company was conducted under OSHA's Interim Targeting Programs. This program uses injury and illness data collected from specific employers. Those with high rates are scheduled for a comprehensive safety and health inspection.
Hansen stated that, "this inspection and the resulting citations are indicative of the appropriateness of this program of targeting establishments with high injury and /or illness rates, thus removing employees from those hazards."
Employers or workers who have questions concerning safety and health may contact the Little Rock Area Office at (501) 324-6291. They may also take advantage of the free consultation offered by the Arkansas Department of Labor Consultation Service at (501) 682-4522.
Wheatland has 15 working days from receipt of the citations to comply with the citations, request an informal conference with the area director or contest the citations before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
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