Multiple Safety Fines after Worker Fatality

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 @ 05:11 PM gHale

Houston, TX-based CACO Manufacturing Corp. is facing $102,200 in fines for 20 health and safety violations at its facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

An investigation started May 6 after heavy machinery at CACO Manufacturing crushed and killed a worker.

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OSHA investigators found the commercial furniture manufacturer failed to securely anchor or guard machines, did not properly identify lock out/tag out devices used to prevent sudden start-up or movement of machine parts, lacked energy control procedures and failed to train employees on hazardous chemicals present in the workplace. OSHA issued 14 serious and six other citations to CACO as a result.

“A worker’s life ended tragically because CACO Manufacturing failed to ensure proper safety procedures were followed,” said Mark Briggs, OSHA’s area director in Houston. “This employer must take responsibility for the safety and health of its employees, and take immediate steps to reduce the dangers of working with heavy machinery and hazardous chemicals.”

CACO manufactures commercial furniture for the service industry, amusement parks, military installations, retail stores and universities.

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