Enforcement and Inspection

Trailer Manufacturer Fined … Big Time

A well-known Oklahoma trailer maker is facing more than a half-million dollars in penalties. Keep reading to learn what OSHA inspectors discovered when an employee complaint caught their attention.

An investigation begun in July 2016 has led to 30 safety and health violations for the manufacturer. Inspectors found workers doing spray painting and powder coating did not receive required medical evaluation and respirator fit tests. The company was also cited for repeated violations for not proof testing chain slings or providing welding protection. A willful violation was issued after inspectors found workers operated hydraulic press brakes without machine guards in place.

Other serious violations addressed:

  • Spray booth use,
  • Covered floor holes and accessible exits,
  • Chemical labeling,
  • Control of hazardous energy, and
  • Safety guards on a portable grinder.

OSHA area director David Bates observed that this employer “has created an environment where workers may be seriously injured or killed as the scope of these violations clearly shows.” The business and its subsidiaries employ about 500 workers.