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Region 6 News Release: USDL-OSHA-00-66-6-1
Thursday, June 01, 2000
Contact: Diana Petterson
PHONE: (214) 767-4776, ext. 222
OSHA PROPOSES $128,000 IN PENALTIES AGAINST IGLOO PRODUCTS CORPORATION AT THE HOUSTON, TEXAS, MANUFACTURING FACILITY
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Igloo Products Corp. for 36 safety violations at its Houston manufacturing facility, and has proposed penalties totaling $128,000, announced the U.S. Department of Labor.
The alleged violations were discovered during a complaint inspection. Igloo Products was cited for 31 serious items consisting of 53 violations of OSHA standards, one repeat, and four other-than-serious safety violations.
Within the serious category, violations included failing to implement a periodic and regular inspection of injection molding equipment; guarding of floor and wall openings; defective fixed and portable stairs; inadequate emergency action plan; confined space standard; lack of training in the use of fire extinguishers; certificate of proof testing of chain slings; machine guarding; unguarded power transmission devices; unsafe electrical systems; exposure of energized electrical parts; electrical grounding; lack of personal protection equipment for employees exposed to methylene chloride; deficiencies of the Hazard Communications Program; and failure to train and inform employees as required by the methylene chloride standard. A serious violation is one in which could cause death or serious physical harm to employees.
The four other-than-serious violations were for the lack of respirator protections, emergency eye wash, inspection records for steel slings, and the improper adjustment of guards on an abrasive grinder. An other-than-serious violation is one where a violation has a direct relationship to job safety and health but is not serious in nature.
The one repeat violation was failing to list and label electrical equipment. A repeat violation is one in which the employer has been cited, during the past three years, for substantially similar infractions of the law.
Employers and employees with questions regarding workplace safety and health standards can call the nearest OSHA office. OSHA's toll-free hotline may be used to report workplace accidents, fatalities, or situations posing imminent danger to workers. The number is 1-800-321-6742.
The company has 15 working days from receipt of the citations to comply, request an informal conference with the area director, or to contest the citations before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
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