Progressive Inc. in Arlington, TX, is facing $58,000 in fines for 15 safety violations for exposing workers to machine guarding and electrical hazards, said Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officials.

OSHA’s Fort Worth Area Office opened an inspection in February under the agency’s Site-Specific Targeting Program, which directs enforcement resources to high-hazard workplaces where the highest rates of injuries and illnesses occur. Progressive employs about 150 workers who develop, manufacture and repair commercial and military aerospace products.

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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.

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“Failing to properly guard machinery can cause serious injury and possible death,” said Jack Rector, OSHA’s area director in Fort Worth.

Progressive Inc. is a division of Heroux-Devtek, headquartered in Longueuil, Qu├ębec, Canada.

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