Sept. 2, 2015
Home builder fails to protect workers from unsafe machinery, falls and other
OSHA cites Cavco Industries Inc. for 15 violations; fines total $67K
Employer's name: Cavco Industries Inc., in Seguin, Texas
Citations issued: Sept. 2, 2015
Investigation findings: Cavco was cited for 15 serious violations, including:
- Failing to control the accumulation of construction debris and waste that creates a slip, trip and fall hazard.
- Not providing proper fall protection for workers on framed structures.
- Not preventing machines from starting up during servicing.
- Not installing proper machinery guards.
- Not repairing recognized electrical hazards.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration initiated the March 2015 inspection as part of the agency's Site Specific Targeting program and the National Emphasis Program on Amputations.
Proposed Penalties: $67,000
Quote: "A repeat citation for fall protection, especially from a building manufacturer of modular home structures like Cavco, shows a complete lack of responsibility for the safety of its workers," said Casey Perkins, OSHA's area director in Austin. "The employer failed to find and fix serious hazards that put worker safety in jeopardy. OSHA will not tolerate such negligence."
Link to the citations: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/osha/Cavco_Industries_Inc_1043543_0902_15.pdf*
Information: Cavco, which employs about 175 workers at its factory in Seguin, has 15 business days from receipt of its citations to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director, 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 amputations, eye loss, 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 Austin Area Office at 512-374-0271. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov
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Release Number: 15-1686-DAL
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