The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a Texas steel pipe manufacturer for 26 alleged health and safety violations at its Houston facility.
Proposed penalties total $124,740.
OSHA cited Tex-Tube Co. for 12 alleged serious violations, as well as four repeat and 10 other-than-serious violations following an investigation that commenced Oct. 5, 2010.
The serious violations include alleged failure to: cover floor openings to prevent falls, provide periodic testing of lockout/tagout procedures to prevent accidental energy start-up, have employees wear a seatbelt while operating a forklift, and ensuring that electrical circuits on an overhead crane were enclosed.
The four alleged repeat violations include failing to develop procedures for controlling hazardous energy and failing to provide covers for junction boxes. The agency said it discovered the same violations during April 2007 and January 2006 inspections.
The other-than-serious violations include failing to properly complete OSHA occupational injury and illness forms.
Tex-Tube Co. has 15 business days from receipt of the citations to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA or contest the citations and penalties.