Williams & Davis Boilers Inc. is facing $131,670 in fines for nine safety violations, including one willful, four repeat and four serious, for continuing to expose workers to fall and other hazards at the company’s facility in Hutchins, TX, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officials said.
The violations are the result of a May inspection conducted as a follow-up to another in July 2011.
“This employer is well aware of the hazards to workers and has had several opportunities to come into compliance with OSHA’s safety standards. Instead, the employer has continued to allow the conditions to exist while putting workers at risk of injury or much worse,” said Stephen Boyd, OSHA’s area director in Dallas.
The willful violation involves operating a 10-ton overhead crane without bridge brakes and failing to ensure that the crane had sufficient clearance to prevent the bridge from striking the building.
A willful violation is one committed with intentional knowing or voluntary disregard for the law’s requirements, or with plain indifference to worker safety and health.
The repeat violations include failing to protect workers from fall hazards while jacketing boilers 4-10 feet above the floor, ensure workers have training to safely operate powered industrial trucks, ensure workroom floors stay clean and dry, and keep pendent controls on overhead cranes clean so the function labels are legible. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously received a citation for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years. The company received similar violations during the 2011 inspection.
The serious violations include failing to ensure the company has personal protective equipment designed and constructed for the work performed, implement confined space entry procedures for workers who perform welding duties inside de-aerators and boilers, establish energy control procedures for machinery with more than one energy source and ensure powered industrial trucks are out of service when in need of repair. 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.