CPE Feeds Inc. is facing $83,059 in fines for 22 safety violations at its Brownfield, Texas, feed manufacturing facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
OSHA officials inspected CPE Feeds in June as part of the Regional Emphasis Program for Grain Handling Facilities.
The agency cited the company, which manufactures feed and sells used agricultural machinery for processing feed, for failing to provide a safe working environment for its employees.
OSHA inspectors identified 22 violations including:
• Lack of guarding on machines
• Exposed energized wires
• Lack of guarding on runways and platforms
• Lack of handrails on stairwells
• Welding cylinders not properly stored
• Fire extinguishers not kept in designated locations
• Using flexible cords as fixed wiring
• Not providing hearing protection
“As an employer, CPE Feeds must protect its employees from amputation, electrocution and grain-handling hazards. It must also train its workers in how to work safely,” said Elizabeth Linda Routh, OSHA’s area director in Lubbock. “Our emphasis program will continue to target the industry and CPE Feeds until safety becomes part of a critical part of this company’s culture.”