TX Rubber Firm Faces Maximum Safety Fines

Friday, May 24, 2019 @ 03:05 PM gHale

Houston, TX-based Custom Rubber Products LLC is facing $530,392 in fines for failing to properly guard machinery and exposing employees to severe injury and amputation hazards, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The level of the fine was the maximum penalty allowable by law, officials said.

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The company is facing four willful violations.

Investigators cited Custom Rubber Products for four willful violations for machine guarding and caught-in hazards, and the company remains in the Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

OSHA cited the company for similar hazards in 2014 after another employee was severely injured.

“Employers are required to assess potential hazards, and make necessary corrections to ensure a safe workplace,” said OSHA’s Acting Regional Administrator in Dallas Eric S. Harbin. “The inspection results demonstrate workplace deficiencies existed putting workers at serious risk of injury.”

Custom Rubber Products makes elastomer, phenolic and thermoset plastic products for the oilfield and industrial markets, according to the company’s website.

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