TX Steel Fabricator Faces Safety Fines

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 @ 11:06 AM gHale


K-T Galvanizing Company Inc. is facing $53,200 in fines for 13 serious health and safety violations at its Venus, TX, facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA started an inspection Feb. 23, as part of the Regional Emphasis Program for Fabricated Metals.

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Investigators from the Fort Worth Area Office found 13 serious violations, including:
• Not having a written hearing conservation program
• Failing to conduct a hazard assessment
• Not having a hazard communication program
• Failing to evaluate permit required confined spaces
• Not having safety latches on hooks
• No functional seatbelts on forklifts
• Forklift manufacturer name plates, safety decals were not legible
• Forklift training not conducted by a qualified person
• Forklifts with safety issues not taken out of service and repairs made before placing them back into service
• Forklifts not inspected for safety before using them
• Not having work rest and tongue guard on a bench grinder
• Several electrical violations

“K-T Galvanizing’s loose attitude toward safety exposed employees to known hazardous conditions,” said Jack A. Rector, OSHA’s Area Director in Fort Worth. “The company did not follow safety procedures or provide crucial training to employees about workplace hazards that exposed them to an unsafe work environment and hazardous conditions daily.”