ProBuild Co. LLC in Buda, TX, is facing $54,000 in fines for 17 safety and health violations, including combustible dust hazards at its materials manufacturing facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
The penalties were the result of an inspection at the facilities in March. ProBuild, headquartered in Denver, employs about 10,000 workers nationwide and about 120 at the Buda work site.
Sixteen serious violations were for failing to provide dust collection systems for combustible dust accumulated from saw use; provide and inspect portable fire extinguishers; provide handrails on staircases; and properly store gas containers to minimize physical damage, tampering by unauthorized people and exposure to rising temperatures.
Other serious violations cited included failing to guard machinery properly; keep hand and portable power tools or equipment in safe operating condition; and develop and implement a monitoring program for workers exposed to noise levels in excess of the allowable eight-hour time-weighted average sound level of 85 decibels. There were also electrical hazards cited, including failing to close unused openings in electrical boxes, cabinets or fittings; protect cables from accidental damage due to, for example, sharp corners, doorways, or other pinch points; and ensure the safe condition of electrical 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.
One other-than-serious record keeping violation was for failing to properly complete OSHA 300 logs and 301 incident reports of injury and illnesses and provide them to OSHA in a timely manner. 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.
“Employers must ensure their workplaces are evaluated for hazards and take corrective action to prevent injuries and illnesses,” said Casey Perkins, OSHA’s area director in Austin. “Obvious electrical equipment and combustible dust violations at this location need to be corrected immediately.”