A manufacturing facility in Texas has been fined $58,000 by federal regulators for exposing workers to safety hazards.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Progressive Inc. in Arlington with 15 safety violations for exposing workers to machine guarding and electrical hazards.
Thirteen serious violations involve failing to mark emergency exits; keep fire extinguishers mounted with unobstructed access; store compressed gas cylinders properly; guard belts and pulleys on machinery; properly adjust tongue and rest guards on grinders; and use permanent wiring instead of extension cords.
A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.
Two other-than-serious violations include failing to provide a load rating on an overhead storage location and to close unused openings on electrical boxes.
An other-than-serious violation is one that has a direct relationship to job safety and health, but probably would not cause death or serious physical harm.
Progressive Inc. is a division of Heroux-Devtek, which is headquartered in Longueuil, Québec, Canada. Progressive employs about 150 workers who develop, manufacture and repair commercial and military aerospace products.
The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s Fort Worth area director or contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.