TX Reel Maker Faces Fines

Friday, December 2, 2016 @ 04:12 PM gHale

JFM International Inc. is facing $107,952 in fines for three health violations at its Willis, TX, facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

JFM International manufactures custom wire reel and reel components.

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OSHA investigated JFM International in September after receiving complaints from an employee.

Investigators found machines with exposed rotating parts lacking safeguards to protect against amputation or serious injury. Workers were also overexposed to noise which can lead to hearing loss.

OSHA cited the company for three serious health violations, including not protecting employees from electrical and flammable chemical hazards and failing to record a workplace injury.

“JFM International must protect its employees from amputations by ensuring machinery has the proper guards,” said Joann Figueroa, OSHA’s area director in North Houston. “This company has to take a serious look at its current safety program and implement changes that keep workers out of harm’s way.”



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