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Region 6


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December 20, 2016

OSHA fines Texas feed manufacturer nearly $92K in fines 
for serious and repeat health and safety violations

Employer Name:
ST Feed Mill, LLC doing business as Thomas Moore Feed
ST Feed Mill, LLC doing business as Thomas Moore Feed
7963 Allen Farm Rd.
7963 Allen Farm Rd.
Navasota, Texas
Navasota, Texas

Citations Issued: Dec. 20, 2016

Investigation findings: The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration initiated a follow-up inspection of Thomas Moore Feed on Aug. 24, 2016. Safety and health investigators found the employer failed repeatedly to guard machinery and protect employees against fall and grain dust hazards. OSHA's Houston North Area office cited the employer for eight serious violations and two repeat violations. The agency cited the animal feed manufacturer for similar violations in February 2015.

Proposed penalties: $91,911

Quote: "Thomas Moore Feed cannot continue to expose workers to such serious hazards as unguarded machines and combustible grain dust," said Joann Figueroa, OSHA's area director in the Houston North office. "Negligence like this can be fatal, and can lead to serious injuries or worse. Employers must follow OSHA's standards to protect workers and ensure a safe workplace."

Link to citations: https://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/StFeedMillLLCdbaThomasMooreFeed_1172693.pdf

Information: Thomas Moore Feed specializes in manufacturing animal feed and employs approximately 47 employees. The company 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 Houston North office at 936-760-3800. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.

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Media Contacts:

Chauntra Rideaux, 972-850-4710, rideaux.chauntra.d@dol.gov
Juan J. Rodríguez, 972-850-4709, rodriguez.juan@dol.gov

Release Number: 16-2377-DAL