Dec. 4, 2007
Contact: Dan Fuqua Michael Wald
Phone: (404) 562-2078 (404) 562-2076
OSHA proposes more than $44,000 in penalties
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Inspectors with the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have identified 21 safety violations at Tubular Products Co.'s steel tubing manufacturing facility in Birmingham.
"OSHA is proposing $44,450 in penalties against the plant for jeopardizing the safety of Tubular Products' 150 employees," said Roberto Sanchez, director of OSHA's Birmingham Area Office.
The inspection was performed as part of OSHA's Site-Specific Targeting program. The program directs enforcement resources to workplaces where the highest rates of injuries and illness have occurred based on data received from the prior year's OSHA Data Initiative survey.
OSHA inspectors found 20 serious safety violations, including a number of instances where machine guards were not installed properly or were missing, which allowed employees to be caught and hurt by mechanical equipment. Fall hazards, electrical hazards and tripping hazards also were found at the manufacturing facility. Additionally, OSHA assessed one other-than-serious safety violation for the company's failure to properly label and identify chemicals used in the workplace.
The company has 15 working days to contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. The site was inspected by staff from OSHA's Birmingham Area Office, 22nd St. North, Suite 1050; telephone 205-731-1534.
OSHA operates a vigorous enforcement program, conducting more than 39,000 inspections in fiscal year 2007 and exceeding its inspection goals in each of the last eight years. In fiscal year 2007, OSHA found nearly 89,000 violations of its standards and regulations.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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