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Region 6 News Release: 12-775-DAL
April 23, 2012
Contact: Elizabeth Todd      Juan Rodriguez
Phone: 972-850-4710      972-850-4709
Email: todd.elizabeth@dol.gov      rodriguez.juan@dol.gov

US Labor Department's OSHA cites Fort Worth, Texas,
transmission service company for 17 serious safety violations

FORT WORTH, Texas – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Big D Brake and Clutch Inc. in Fort Worth for 17 serious safety violations. Proposed penalties total $46,200.

OSHA's Fort Worth Area Office began an inspection on Jan. 9 at the company's facility on Martin Luther King Freeway as part of the agency's National Emphasis Program on Amputations. The investigation found that the company exposed workers to possible amputation hazards by failing to provide required machine guarding, among other hazards.

"This company exposed its workers to struck-by' hazards associated with forklift operations as well as possible amputation hazards," said Jack Rector, OSHA's area director in Fort Worth. "It is the employer's responsibility to provide a safe and healthful working environment for employees."

The violations include failing to ensure that exit doors were unlocked, keep exit areas free from obstruction, properly store compressed gas cylinders, provide required machine guarding, ensure that forklifts were properly serviced and maintained, provide forklift operator training, repair electrical wiring deficiencies and ensure that floor surfaces were kept in a dry condition to prevent slips and falls. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

Big D Brake and Clutch rebuilds and services transmission and clutch systems, and employs about 19 workers. The company has 15 business days from receipt of the 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 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 Fort Worth office at 817-581-7303.

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 ensure 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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