OSHA proposes $110K in fines for major sound wall, barrier producer

Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Following an October 2012 inspection, OSHA has alleged 21 serious and three other-than-serious violations at the Tricon Precast Ltd. plant in Houston.

The serious violations include failing to ensure properly installed electrical equipment, and failure to prevent exposure to electrical conductors on overhead cranes; provide required fall protection for employees working at heights of 4 ft. or more; properly maintain forklifts and cranes and to provide seat belts on forklifts; ensure backup alarm in working order; store combustible materials in closed containers; and, provide an eyewash/shower station in coating operation area and required guarding for machinery with rotating parts, pulleys and belts. The other-than-serious violations include failing to have a respirator protection program in place and test carbon monoxide in a supply air respirator, and to provide a hazardous communication program.

The OSHA Houston North offices proposes a total of $109,800 in penalties, for which Tricon Precast was given 15 days to comply, request a conference with agency staff, or contest the allegations before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.