OSHA fines company $41,000 for NFPA 79 violations--exposing workers to electric and machine guarding hazards.
(New Braunfels, TX) -- A New Braunfels company has been fined by OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which says they found a total of 7 serious safety violations during a recent inspection.
BMC Building Materials and Construction Services, located on FM 482 here in New Braunfels, builds prefabricated wood trusses. But they are now facing fines totaling 41-thousand dollars following OSHA’s allegations that the company exposes workers to electric and machine guarding hazards.
Specifically, OSHA claims that during a safety inspection back in October (which was prompted by a complaint about unsafe working conditions) they discovered 7 separate safety violations including a lack of machine guarding on machinery equipment, saw blades, rotating shafts, and pulleys, which OSHA says can lead to serious injuries, including amputations.
Other violations included failing to ensure that electrical wiring is protected, and ensuring electrical cords are maintained in a safe condition. OSHA says a serious violation is issued when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard that the employer either knew about or should have known about.
BMC Building Materials now has 15 business days to comply with the safety regulations, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director in Austin, or contest the citations and penalties before an independent OSHA Review Commission.