OSHA has slapped a metal-plating company in East El Paso, Texas with more than 40 citations for alleged health and safety violations, and proposed combined penalties totaling about $9,000, according to the federal agency.
OSHA issued 41 citations on Dec. 2, to D & D Manufacturing, and 36 of them were for "serious" alleged violations.
The allegations stem from OSHA inspections June 4-July 23, and include such things as restroom sinks clogged with black substances, employees at risk for falls, cutting injuries, being struck or exposure to electrical shock.
On June 4, "employees were exposed to electrical shock hazards," according to one of the citations.
Another citation stated that "On or about June, 2014, and at times prior thereto, in the storage room of the employee break room, the snap switch was missing a faceplate, exposing employees to electrical shock and fire hazards."
In another area, a compressed gas cylinder was missing a valve protection cap. And in the robotic welding area, "machine guarding was not provided to protect operators and other employees from machine movement, contact with the arc, weld flash and flying sparks during automatic operation of the robotic arc welders," another citation stated.