HOUSTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Amerimex Motors & Controls Inc. with 28 violations following a June complaint inspection for exposing workers to hazardous chemicals and other safety hazards, including electrical and unguarded machines at its North Milby facility in Houston. Proposed penalties total $82,900.
“Failing to protect employees from exposure to, and inhalation of, hazardous chemicals can be fatal,” said Mark Briggs, OSHA’s area director at its Houston South Area Office. “OSHA’s safety and health standards must be followed to prevent worker injury and illness.”
OSHA’s Houston South Area Office cited 13 serious violations for failing to implement energy control procedures; guard operating machinery, such as punches, lathes and brakes; ensure compressed gases are safely stored; properly mark electrical disconnects; provide an emergency eyewash and shower; train and certify forklift operators; and ensure protective equipment, such as gloves, are used when working with hazardous chemicals. 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.