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July 15, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds Oklahoma Manufacturer Exposed Employees to Serious Workplace Hazards

PRYOR, OK – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited HE&M Inc., a Pryor, Oklahoma-based metalworking band saw manufacturer, for exposing employees to fall, machine guarding, struck-by, and electrical hazards. HE&M faces penalties totaling $187,533.

OSHA initiated a safety inspection of the facility after the company submitted OSHA 300A injury and illness information that showed a higher-than-average injury rate. The inspection identified 19 serious violations and one other-than-serious violation.

“Employers are legally obligated to address hazards immediately, as well as identify and correct injury hazards in their facility,” said OSHA Area Director Steven Kirby, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

OSHA provides resources on protecting workers from falls in general industry, amputations, and the release of hazardous energy.

HE&M has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

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 help 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

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Media Contacts:

Chauntra Rideaux, 972-850-4710,
Juan J. Rodríguez, 972-850-4709,

Release Number: 19-1140-DAL


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