Weapons Maker Endangers Workers: OSHA

Thursday, October 15, 2015 @ 04:10 PM gHale


Weapons manufacturer, Maverick Arms Inc., of Eagle Pass, Texas, is facing $197,000 in fines for one willful and 23 serious violations for failing to reduce dangerous noise levels and exposing workers to electrical, fall and amputation hazards, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Maverick Arms also received citations for failing to provide medical evaluations for respirator users, or to control and protect against lead exposure.

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The citations came after a planned inspection under OSHA’s Regional Emphasis Program for Fabricated Metal Products.

“Exposure to lead and high noise levels can cause long-term or permanent health damage,” said Alejandro Porter, OSHA’s area director in San Antonio. “Maverick Arms has a responsibility to protect its workers by identifying and eliminating these hazards.”

The willful violation was for failing to implement controls to reduce excessive noise levels.

The serious violations include electrical, general industry falls and amputation hazards, along with failing to provide medical evaluations for respirator users, or to control and protect against lead exposure.