Safety Fines for Fitness Equipment Maker

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 @ 07:11 PM gHale

ProMaxima Manufacturing Ltd. in Houston faces $47,700 in fines for nine serious safety violations for inadequately guarded machinery among other hazards, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA’s Houston South Area Office opened an inspection in response to a referral from the Labor Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs about workers seen using inadequately guarded saws and grinders. ProMaxima makes fitness equipment for various federal agencies. ProMaxima Manufacturing employs 200 workers.

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“The employer exposed workers to amputations as well as fire and electrical hazards,” said Mark Briggs, director of OSHA’s Houston South office. “It is the responsibility of the employer to provide a safe and healthful environment for workers.”

The violations include failing to properly guard machinery such as saws and grinders, provide lockout/tagout procedures for machines’ energy sources, properly store gas cylinders, keep electrical equipment free and clear of obstacles, and train and certify forklift operators. 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.

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