US Labor Department's OSHA cites manufacturer for exposing
workers to multiple safety hazards at Euless, Texas, facility
EULESS, Texas – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited KGP Group Inc., doing business as SpeQtrum Prepress Production Services, for 14 serious and one other-than-serious safety violation at its facility on Stanley Drive in Euless. OSHA's Fort Worth Area Office initiated an inspection on Dec. 2 under the agency's Site-Specific Targeting Program, which focuses enforcement efforts on industries with high injury and illness rates. Proposed penalties total $44,800.
The serious violations involve failing to keep exit areas unobstructed, properly store compressed gas cylinders, provide proper machine guarding, ensure that forklifts were properly serviced and maintained, provide forklift operator training, address electrical wiring deficiencies and mount fire extinguishers. 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.
"This company exposed its workers to ¿struck-by' hazards associated with forklift operations, possible amputations and other injuries from the lack of machine guarding, and shocks from poor electrical wiring," said Jack Rector, OSHA's area director in Fort Worth. "It is the employer's responsibility to provide a safe and healthful working environment for its employees."
The other-than-serious violation is failing to complete the OSHA 300 log of injuries and illnesses in detail as required. 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.
SpeQtrum Prepress Production Services manufactures printing plates and cutting dies, and employs about 35 workers at the Euless location. The company has 15 business days from receipt of citations to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's Fort Worth area director or contest the citations and proposed 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 Fort Worth office at 817-581-7303.
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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