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Region 6 News Release: DOL-OSHA-10-292-DAL
March 17, 2010
Contact: Elizabeth Todd
Phone: 972-850-4710

US Department of Labor's OSHA cites Pecos, Texas, manufacturing facility for alleged safety and health hazards

PECOS, Texas -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited TransPecos Foods in Pecos for alleged workplace safety and health violations following an inspection at the company's facility on East Palmer Road. Proposed penalties total $69,650.

OSHA's El Paso Area Office initiated its inspection on Oct. 15, 2009. The investigation found that TransPecos Foods, which employs about 150 workers at its Pecos facility, failed to implement OSHA's process safety management procedures, exposing employees to unsafe working conditions.

"This company exposed its workers to potential workplace hazards by not following OSHA's process safety management regulations," said Dean McDaniel, the agency's regional administrator in Dallas. "It is fortunate in this case that no one was injured or became ill."

OSHA has alleged 18 serious citations including failing to protect employees from exposed electrical wires, to provide forklift inspections, to protect workers from rotating parts on conveyor belts, to provide a wash station for employees during the use of corrosive chemicals and to train employees on hazard communication. A serious violation is one in which there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

Other-than-serious citations also have been issued for failing to ensure fire extinguishers were properly mounted and to provide illuminated exit signs. An other-than-serious violation is issued when the most serious injury or illness likely to result from a hazardous condition cannot reasonably be predicted to cause death or serious physical harm.

The company has 15 business days from receipt of citations to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director in El Paso, Texas, or contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Employers and workers with questions about safety and health can call 915-534-6251 or OSHA's hotline at 800-321-6742 to report workplace accidents, fatalities and imminent dangers.

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 these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.

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