An OSHA investigation has determined that Strategic Materials Inc., a recycled glass company in Texas, exposed its workers to falls, electrical hazards, and amputations. The inspection, which occurred after a complaint was filed earlier this year, resulted in the company being cited for nine serious violations, one willful violation, and three repeat violations. OSHA reported that the company failed to implement required LOTO procedures, did not enclose sprocket wheels and chains, and left projecting shaft ends unguarded. Due to these violations, Strategic Materials faces $370,995 in penalties.
In a recent quote, OSHA Area Director Timothy Minor said, “Strategic Materials Inc. continues to expose workers to some of general industry’s leading causes of workplace injuries and death. Employers who willfully disregard their responsibility to keep workers safe will be held accountable.”