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PVI Industries LLC, a plumbing and heating equipment maker, is facing $93,700 in fines for 18 safety violations at its Fort Worth, Texas, facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA initiated the Site Specific Targeted inspection in August for high-hazard workplaces where the highest rates of injuries and illnesses occur.

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“PVI Industries has shown a complete disregard for the safety of their workers, and that needs to change,” said Jack Rector, OSHA’s area director in Fort Worth. “The absence of air monitoring and proper equipment, the exposure to amputation hazards — all of this contributes to dangerous and unacceptable hazards.”

OSHA cited the employer for serious safety violations that include failure to:
• Ensure spreader bars used for lifting equipment and materials were rated, labeled and inspected
• Certify entry into Permit Required Confined Spaces
• Ensure no more than one day’s use of chemicals were stored in a paint booth
• Guard a drill press, bench grinder and other machinery
• Conduct an annual inspection on overhead cranes
• Develop written lockout/tagout procedures to properly shut down and isolate potentially hazardous residual energy on machinery
• Ensure air sampling was conducted prior to and during permit required confined space entry
• Ensure workers did not eat or drink in areas where hexavalent chromium, a known carcinogen, is produced from stainless steel welding operations

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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. An other-than-serious violation was for failure to conduct eyewash maintenance.

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