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Region 6 News Release: OSHA-02-147
Fri., Sept. 06, 2002
Contact: Diana Petterson or Elizabeth Todd
Phone: (214) 767-4776, Ext. 222 or 221
Health Standards Brings OSHA Citations, Penalties
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Failure to place guards on power transmission shafts and other machines has prompted the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to issue citations and fine Sage Well Services, Inc. in Encinal, Texas, $86,100.
An oil and gas exploration company headquartered in Encinal, Sage Well Services, which employs about 205 workers, was cited with one willful and 11 serious safety violations following an OSHA inspection that began March 14 in response to a complaint an employee was injured while lubricating an unguarded shaft.
Safe Well Services was cited for one alleged willful violation for failing to guard power transmission shafts and other machines. A willful violation is one in which there is evidence of an intentional violation of the OSHA Act or plain indifference to its requirements.
The 11 alleged serious violations were for failing to properly install emergency escape lines, uncovered floor holes, lack of guardrails on platforms, damaged electrical cords, ungrounded portable equipment and failure to train employees properly. A serious violation involves a substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result and the employer knew or should have known of the hazard.
Employers or workers who have questions concerning safety and health may contact the OSHA Corpus Christi area office at (361) 888-3420 or contact OSHA's toll free hotline number at 1-800-321-6742 to report workplace accidents, fatalities or situations posing imminent danger to workers.
Sage Well Services has 15 working days from receipt of the citations to either comply, request an informal conference with the Corpus Christi OSHA area director, or contest the citations and penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
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