Rock Wool Manufacturing Co. and C & C Personnel LLC in Houston, Texas are facing fines of $85,950 between them for seven serious and two repeat violations for exposing workers to a variety of workplace hazards, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Chief among the hazards are struck by and amputation hazards for failing to protect workers from dangerous machinery.
C & C Personnel ended up cited for four serious violations including failing to establish an energy control program to disable potentially hazardous machinery.
OSHA launched the March inspection after receiving a complaint. C & C Personnel LLC provided Rock Wood Manufacturing Co. with 53 temporary workers on a daily basis and Rock Wool supervised and assigned these workers their duties.
Rock Wood Manufacturing Co. ended up fined $64,350, and C & C. Personnel LLC received a $21,600 fine.
“Any time a worker is exposed to machinery without proper guarding is one more time that worker is in jeopardy of losing a limb or even a life. Failing to adhere to this commonsense safety requirement will not be tolerated,” said Joann Figueroa, OSHA’s area director in the Houston North office. “It is the employer’s responsibility to find and fix hazards in the workplace.”
Rock Wool Manufacturing, headquartered in Leeds, Alabama, has facilities in Leeds and Houston and C & C Personnel’s headquarters is in Texas.