Roofing Maker Fined for Not Fixing Violations

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 @ 03:04 PM gHale

American Sheet Metal Co. is facing $124,000 in fines for failing to correct safety hazards, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The company’s Houston facility received four failure-to-abate violations. American Sheet Metal, which employs 15 workers, specializes in the fabrication of sheet metal for use in the roofing industry.

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OSHA’s Houston North Area Office began its most recent investigation of American Sheet Metal Nov. 26, after the company failed to provide the agency with proof of abatement regarding safety hazards found during an inspection on July 24.

Because of the July inspection, OSHA cited American Sheet Metal with a proposed penalty of $11,600, which the company has not paid.

Following the November 2013 inspection, the company received citations for failing to guard dangerous machinery to prevent worker injuries, install seat belt on a forklift and repair broken fastener for a forklift fuel cylinder. A failure-to-abate condition exists when a previously cited violation continues unabated and the abatement date has passed. The date to complete the abatement was Aug. 27.

“American Sheet Metal was given adequate time to correct the hazardous conditions found at its facility, but has done nothing to abate the violations and continues to expose workers to hazards,” said David Doucet, OSHA’s area director in the Houston North Area Office. “The employer is responsible for providing a safe workplace and protecting its employees. OSHA’s primary concern is ensuring that the company lives up to its responsibility. Anything less is unacceptable.”

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