Sister Firms Face Safety Fines

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 04:03 PM gHale

Two Davie, FL, companies owned by the Maurer family, Merlin Industries Inc. and Thermal Concepts Inc., is facing a fine of $59,100 for 17 safety violations, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officials said.

OSHA began an inspection in September at Merlin Industries as part of the agency’s National Emphasis Program on Amputations and then expanded the inspection to include Thermal Concepts after they figured out both companies shared the same building.

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OSHA cited Merlin Industries for 11 serious violations with $48,300 in proposed penalties for failing to certify periodic inspections of energy control procedures, certify they completed training on energy control procedures, anchored machines to the floor, guarded gears and chains on fabrication equipment, properly stored oxygen and acetylene cylinders, provided machine guarding and repair a variety of electrical deficiencies. Thermal Concepts earned citations for two serious violations with $10,800 in proposed fines for failing to guard open-sided floor areas as well as to store oxygen and acetylene cylinders away from combustible materials. 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.

Thermal Concepts also got citations for four other-than-serious violations for failing to keep areas in the facility clean and orderly, not having floor load place cards available and posted in the warehouse, failing to mount a portable fire extinguisher and not removing a powered industrial truck from service that had broken tail lights. 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.

Merlin Industries fabricates metal ductwork and equipment mainly used by Thermal Concepts, which installs heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.

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