US Department of Labor's OSHA cites San Antonio-based Cardell Cabinetry
for exposing workers to combustible dust and other hazards
SAN ANTONIO – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Cardell Cabinetry Inc. LLC for seven serious and four other-than-serious safety and health violations at its San Antonio facility. Proposed penalties total $45,000.
OSHA's San Antonio Area Office initiated a safety and health inspection Aug. 16 in response to a complaint. The serious violations involve failing to provide adequate guarding for keyed and horizontal shafting on molders; cover electrical openings; ensure that the facility was equipped with an evacuation alarm system; ensure that compressed air pressure was less then 30 pounds per square inch; keep surfaces free from combustible wood saw dust; and keep restrooms in a sanitary condition with soap and hot water. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.
The other-than-serious violations involve record keeping deficiencies on the OSHA 300 log, including failing to list the location of where an injury or illness occurred as well as adequately describe the relevant body part and object that caused the injury or illness. An other-than-serious violation is one that has a direct relationship to job safety and health but probably would not cause death or serious physical harm.
"Combustible dust accumulation, inadequate guarding of machines and unsanitary working conditions can jeopardize the safety and health of Cardell Cabinetry's workers," said Jeff Funke, director of OSHA's San Antonio office.
Cardell Cabinetry employs about 800 workers at the San Antonio facility who specialize in manufacturing kitchen cabinets. The company has 15 business days from receipt of citations to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director in San Antonio or contest the citations and penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
To ask questions, obtain compliance assistance, file a complaint, or report workplace hospitalizations, fatalities or situations posing imminent danger to workers, the public should call OSHA's toll-free hotline at 800-321-OSHA (6742) or the agency's San Antonio office at 210-472-5040.
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 ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.
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