March 16, 2016
OSHA cites cabinet maker for exposing workers to
amputation, respiratory, chemical, electrical and other safety hazards
Employer name: BCS Manufacturing LLC
Inspection site: 4215 Tholozan Ave., St. Louis, Missouri
Citations issued: March 11, 2016
Investigators from the agency's St. Louis area office responded to complaints alleging unsafe working conditions at the cabinet maker.
The agency cited the company for:
- Failing to develop a respiratory protection program.
- Allowing combustible dust to accumulate.
- Failing to train employees about hazardous chemicals in use in the workplace.
- Electrical safety violations including use of damaged equipment.
- Exposing workers to operating machine parts because of inadequate guards.
- Unsanitary conditions.
- Insufficient training.
Quote: "Exposing workers to dust particles and hazardous chemicals can cause long-term respiratory illness and diseases," said Bill McDonald, OSHA's area director in St. Louis. "Each year hundreds of manufacturing workers are injured on the job because employers fail to comply with OSHA's common sense safety standards."
Proposed Penalties: $53,200
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 St. Louis Area Office at 314-425-4249.
Release Number: 16-523-KAN
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