Kingston plant fined for workplace hazards

KINGSTON, Okla. (KXII)-- A Marshall County trailer manufacturer is facing more than $535,000 in fines from an O.S.H.A investigation last year.

C.M. Trailers and Truck Beds opened in 2013 as a subsidiary of BigTex Trailer Manufacturing, and employs 120 workers.

A complaint from inside the company led the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to investigate the manufacturing plant in July 2016, where they found 24 safety and health violations.

"CM Truck Beds has created an environment where workers may be seriously injured or killed as the scope of these violations clearly shows," OSHA Oklahoma City area director David Bates said in a press release this past week. "We will not allow this company to continue to disregard worker safety."

OSHA found workers were spray painting without receiving medical evaluations, and found the company didn't provide welding protections.

OSHA also says the company didn't properly label chemicals, or properly store compressed gas tanks, cover floor holes or provide railing in dangerous areas, and protect their diesel storage tank from the threat of ignition, to name a few.

Of the 24 violations, 20 were found to be serious, one was willful and three were repeated.

They fined the company a proposed $535,411.

However, in a statement, C.M. President Steve Courreges says these issues have been addressed.

"Contract Manufacturer (CM) remains committed to workplace safety," Correges said. "On-going actions continue to be taken to ensure that safe working conditions are maintained and employees are working in the safest environment possible."

Violations

CITATION 1, ITEM 1: The employer does not ensure floor hole covers or standing railing are used when employees are working around open pits.

CITATION 1, ITEM 2: The employer does not ensure that stored, compressed gas cylinders are stored in accordance with Compressed Gas Association Pamphlet P-1-1965.

CITATION 1, ITEM 3: The employer does not ensure an above ground storage tank containing diesel fuel is protected from ignition of flammable vapors.

CITATION 1, ITEM 4: The employer does not have an energy control program that outlines energy control procedures to follow when conduction lockout/tagout, employee training, and periodic inspections for equipment at the facility.

CITATION 1, ITEM 5: The employer does not ensure employees do not conduct work under the elevated for or forklifts

CITATION 1, ITEM 6A: The employer does not ensure forklifts not in safe operating condition are removed from service.

CITATION 1, ITEM 6B: The employer does not ensure daily inspections are conducted on forklifts used at the facility.

CITATION 1, ITEM 7: The employer does not not ensure alloy steel chain slings are inspected.

CITATION 1, ITEM 8A: The employer does not ensure alloy steel slings have permanently affixed durable identification tags.

CITATION 1, ITEM 8B: The employer does not ensure hooks used to lift and move various sized truck beds have a capacity rated for their use.

CITATION 1 ITEM 8C: The employer does not ensure makeshift links or fasteners formed from bolts or rods, or other such attachments, are not used.

CITATION 1 ITEM 9: The employer does not ensure gears on the back of a Hydrashear shear are properly guarded.

CITATION 1 ITEM 10: The employer does not ensure portable hand grinders were provided with safety guards.

CITATION 1 ITEM 11A: The employer does not ensure that unused opening in electrical disconnect panels are effectively closed.

CITATION 1 ITEM 11B: The employer does not ensure that an electrical panel is closed with a cover that was securely fastened in place.

CITATION 1 ITEM 12: The employer does not ensure that electrical were maintained free from cuts and freys.

CITATION 1 ITEM 13: The employer does not ensure that an above ground storage tank containing diesel fuel used at the facility is properly labeled or marked to indicate the tanks contents and hazards.

CITATION 2 ITEM 1: The employer does not ensure all equipment used at the facility is provided with proper machine guarding, exposing employees to the hazard of amputation

CITATION 3 ITEM 1: The employer does not proof test alloy steel chains before use at the facility.

CITATION 3 ITEM 2: The employer does not ensure workers and other persons adjacent to the welding area were protected from ultraviolet rays.

CITATION 4 ITEM 1: The employer does not ensure each exit route is at least 28 inches wide at all points.

CITATION 4 ITEM 2: The employer does not ensure each exit was marked with a sign reading EXIT to identify location of egress in the event of an emergency.

CITATION 4 ITEM 3: The employer does not ensure an above ground storage tank containing diesel fuel is provided with diking to protect adjoining structures in the event of an accidental discharge.

CITATION 4 ITEM 4: The employer does not ensure compressed air used for cleaning is regulated below 30 psi.

CITATION 4 ITEM 5: The employer does not ensure pendant boxes at the end of flexible cords were not used at the facility.

CITATION 4 ITEM 6: The employer does not ensure electrical panels have markings to identify the voltage or other ratings of the panels.

CITATION 4 ITEM 7: The employer does not ensure that extension cords are not used as a substitute for fixed wiring.

U.S Department of Labor Citation and Notification of Penalty
Inspection number 1162442



 
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