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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Hahn & Clay of Houston, Texas, for alleged safety and health violations with proposed penalties of $81,450, announced the U.S. Department of Labor.
The violations were cited during an OSHA inspection that began in October in response to an employee complaint.
OSHA cited the company, which manufactures oil and gas field equipment and employs about 325 workers, with nineteen serious violations of the general industry regulations which require employers to protect workers from hazards.
Some of the serious violations include over-exposures to airborne silica, in appropriate respiratory protection being worn, no respiratory training, no medical evaluations conducted to determine employee's ability to use a respirator, no respirator fit testing, assurance that compressed air for breathing purposes met Grade D requirements, no high temperature alarm on air compressors, poor housekeeping (accumulation of silica dust) and no emergency eye wash facility.
A serious violation is defined as one in which there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result, and that the employer knew or should have known of the hazard.
The company was also cited for two other-than-serious violations involving OSHA recordkeeping requirements, and not designating a respiratory protection program administrator. An other-than-serious violation is a hazardous condition that would probably not cause death or serious physical harm, but would have a direct and immediate relationship to the safety and/or health of employees.
Hahn & Clay has 15 working days from receipt of the citations to comply, request an informal conference with the OSHA area director or contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
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