Wenco Energy Corp. in Tulsa, OK, faces $167,090 in fines for 23 serious and eight repeat safety and health violations, including exposure to unguarded saws and sanders, at the company’s East 56th Street manufacturing facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
OSHA initiated an inspection in February as a follow-up to a September 2010 inspection after a worker died while working at the facility. Wenco employs 32 workers.
“By failing to provide required machine guarding and correct other deficiencies, Wenco Energy continues to risk serious injury to workers, including amputations,” said David Bates, OSHA’s area director in Oklahoma City. “In this case, it is fortunate that no one else has been injured.”
Serious safety violations include failing to lock out the energy sources of machinery during servicing and maintenance, ensure the safe operation of a forklift, provide required machine guarding on equipment such as horizontal band saws and vertical belt sanders, ensure exits are unobstructed and that electrical cords are not exposed in order to prevent shocks or electrocution.
Serious health violations include failing to provide personal protective equipment for workers’ eyes, hands and feet; provide eyewash stations; and properly store compressed gas cylinders. 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.
Repeat safety violations include failing to guard machines, train workers on the safe operation of forklifts, ensure workers follow manufacturer’s guidelines when making repairs on forklifts and properly label electrical circuit breakers.
A repeat health violation is failing to develop a hazard assessment for personal protective equipment. A repeat violation exists when an employer faces citations 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. OSHA cited similar violations based on the 2010 inspection.