根据调查结果，美国劳工部职业安全健康管理局(OHSA)1月11日签发了对位于俄克拉何马州卡车车厢制造商 BigTex Trailer Manufacturing Inc 的20起严重违规，1起故意违规，3次反复违规行为的处罚决定，主管机关将会对工厂处以53.5万美元罚款。
对于这些违规行为，克拉荷马城OSHA地区主任David Bates表示：“BigTex TrailerCM卡车车厢工厂的生产环境，可能导致工人严重受伤或死亡。我们不会允许这家公司无视工人的安全继续生产。”
▲美国劳工部对BigTex Trailers 的罚单
Oklahoma truck bed manufacturer fined $535K for putting workers at risk,
as OSHA inspectors identify 30 safety, health violations
Agency issues citations to CM Truck Beds after workplace safety complaint
KINGSTON, Okla. - A complaint of unsafe working conditions led U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspectors to discover the safety and health of employees at a well-known Oklahoma truck bed fabricator being placed at risk amid nearly two dozen safety and health violations.
OSHA's investigation at BigTex Trailer Manufacturing Inc., which does business as CM Truck Beds, found 20 serious violations, one willful and three repeated violations - prompting the agency to propose $535,411 in fines.
"CM Truck Beds has created an environment where workers may be seriously injured or killed as the scope of these violations clearly shows," said David Bates, OSHA area director in Oklahoma City. "We will not allow this company to continue to disregard worker safety."
In its investigation, begun on July 13, 2016, federal safety and health inspectors found workers who performed spray painting and powder coating did not receive required medical evaluation and respirator fit tests. The agency also cited CM Truck Beds for repeated violations of failing to proof test chain slings and provide welding protection.
OSHA issued citations for a willful violation after inspectors found workers operated hydraulic press brakes without machine guards in place. In addition, they identified 20 serious violations that included failing to:
- Ensure safe use of the spray booth and prevent overexposure.
- Safely cover floor holes, ensure exits are accessible and labeled properly.
- Properly store compressed gas tanks.
- Properly label chemicals.
- Have a hazardous energy control program in place, and to train workers in its procedures.
- Ensure safe use of powered industrial trucks.
- Inspect and guard chain slings and sprockets as required.
- Ensure safety guards were in place on a portable grinder.
To view the citations, visit: https://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/BigTexTrailer_1162442.pdf
Headquartered in Madill, Big Tex's subsidiaries - CM Trailers and CM Truck Beds - employ about 500 workers in Oklahoma, with 120 of its employees at its newly constructed Kingston facility. The company has 15 business days from receipt of its 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 amputations, eye loss, 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 Oklahoma City Area Office at 405-278-9560.