Oilfield Machine Firm Faces Fines

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 @ 04:01 PM gHale


Worldwide Oilfield Machine BOP Division Inc. in Houston is facing $71,200 in fines for eight serious, four repeat and one other-than-serious safety violation for exposing workers to unguarded machinery and electrical hazards at the company’s facility in Houston, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA’s Houston North Area Office initiated an inspection Oct. 24 under its national emphasis program on amputations.

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The serious safety violations include failing to provide the required machine guarding on equipment, such as band saws, mills and vertical/horizontal turret lathes, ensure machinery is securely anchored and ensure electrical cords, panels and boxes are not exposed to prevent shocks or electrocution. 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 properly maintain abrasive wheel machines, ensure that electrical cords are with a device that provides strain relief and ensuring that electrical cords are continuous in length without repairs. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously faced 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. The company faced similar violations in June 2008.

One other-than-serious violation was for failing to keep electrical equipment free and clear of obstacles. An other-than-serious violation is one that has a direct relationship to job safety and health, but probably would not cause death or serious physical harm.

“Workers operating hazardous equipment, such as band saws and vertical and horizontal lathes without proper protection, are exposed to serious injuries, including amputations,” said David Doucet, OSHA’s area director at its Houston North office.

Worldwide Oilfield Machine BOP Division is a division of Houston-based Worldwide Oilfield Machine Inc. Worldwide Oilfield Machine makes blowout preventers for the oil and gas industry.



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