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The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Trinity Industries, in Beaumont, Texas, with safety and health violations with proposed penalties of $46,000, announced the U.S. Department of Labor.
Trinity, a metal fabrication and rail car repair company, is a multinational corporation and employs about 500 workers in Beaumont.
The citations resulted from an OSHA inspection which began Dec. 2, 1998 following an employee's complaint. OSHA cited the company with one repeat serious, four serious and one other-than-serious violations for failure to properly follow lockout/tagout and hoisting and rigging standards.
To minimize the exposure to hazards from the unexpected start up of a machine or piece of equipment, the OSHA lockout/tagout procedures call for turning off the energy source and locking or tagging the machine or equipment so it cannot be restarted before the lock or tag is removed.
"The company used damaged slings to hoist railroad cars," said Raymond L. Skinner, OSHA area director in Houston. "The damaged slings were not inspected before use and could have caused the hoisted rail car to fall and crush employees."
A serious violation is one in which there is a substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result, and the employer knew or should have known of the hazard. 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 the employees.
Trinity Industries has 15 working days from receipt of the citations to comply, request an informal conference with the area director or to contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
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