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OSHA News Release – Region 6
U.S. Department of Labor
Region 2 News Release: OSHA-07-925-DAL
July 9, 2007
Contact: Diana Petterson or Elizabeth Todd
Phone: (214) 767-4776, Ext. 222 or 221
CHEYENNE, Okla. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Patterson-UTI Drilling Co. and proposed penalties totaling $47,600 for allegedly failing to protect employees from hazardous working conditions.
OSHA issued citations to Patterson-UTI alleging one serious, two repeat and one other-than-serious violation following an investigation that began February 7 at the company's Cheyenne worksite. The company has 5,800 employees nationwide, with 28 located in Cheyenne. Patterson-UTI conducts various aspects of oil and gas well drilling.
"Health and safety standards must be strictly adhered to in order to protect employees," said James Brown, OSHA's area director in Oklahoma City.
A serious citation was issued for failure to provide employees with insulated tools. A serious violation is one that could cause death or serious physical harm to employees and the employer knew or should have known of the hazard.
Repeat violations include failure to provide training for employees working on or around energized circuits and equipment; and failure to de-energize electrical live parts prior to employees working on them. Repeat violations are issued when an employer has previously been cited for the same or a substantially similar violation that has become a final order.
An other-than-serious citation was issued for failure to provide adequate signage, indicating high voltage hazards. Other-than-serious violations are issued when a violation has a direct relationship to job safety and health, but is not serious in nature.
The company has 15 working days from receipt of the citations to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's Oklahoma City area director, or contest the citations and penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
Employers and employees with questions regarding workplace safety and health standards can call OSHA's Oklahoma City Area Office at (405) 278-9560 or OSHA's toll-free hotline at (800) 321-6742 to report workplace accidents, fatalities or situations posing imminent danger to workers.
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 assure the safety and health of America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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