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忽视健康安全被罚款53.5万美元, fined $535K for putting workers at risk

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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。”

在这份从2016年7月13日开始的调查中,联邦安全和健康检查员发现车间进行喷涂和粉末涂装的工人并没有接受所需的医疗评估和呼吸器适合性测试。另外该机构还列举了CM卡车车厢工厂多次违规使用未进行安全试验的链条吊索,并提供焊接保护。

 

 

OSHA检查人员还发现工人在没有机器保护装置的情况下操作液压机械制动器,而这将可能导致工人在操作时导致严重伤害;此外,他们确定了20起严重违规行为,包括未能:

确保安全使用喷漆室,防止曝露限值超标

 

 

▲OSHA曝露限值和对身体的影响

安全地覆盖地板孔,确保出口的畅通和标签正确。

正确存储压缩气体罐。

正确标记化学品。

制定危险能源控制计划和工人培训程序。

确保安全使用工业卡车。

根据需要检查和保护链条吊索和链轮。

确保在便携式研磨机上安装了保护装置。

 

 

▲美国劳工部对BigTex Trailers 的罚单

 

 

当安全事故发生时,人们常常从“责任心”和“操作方法”两个方面去考虑,往往认为造成事故的原因不外乎是人的不安全行为和物的不安全状态,而生产环境——这一重要因素往往被忽视了。

生产车间是企业的主要生产场所,车间的作业环境、安全管理与安全生产有着密切的联系,因此必须引起足够的重视,不能疏忽大意。同时,对不安全行为更应“从严”,“强化”,控制,提高职工安全意识和自我保护能力,使不安全行为降低到最低几率,才能做到预测预防,从而达到最佳的安全状态。

防范于未然,安全生命大于一切!

 

























































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
https://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/BigTexTrailer_1162509.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.

 
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