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Region 6 News Release: OSHA-08-185-DAL
Friday, Feb. 22, 2008
Contact: Diana Petterson or Elizabeth Todd
Phone: 214-767-4776, ext. 222 or 221


U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA cites Oklahoma City-based M-D Building Products for multiple repeat safety violations

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The alleged failure to protect its employees from safety hazards has brought M-D Building Products in Oklahoma City $107,500 in proposed penalties from the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in response to an August 2007 follow-up inspection.

In October 2005 OSHA cited the company $177,000 for violations following an amputation. The August 2007 follow-up inspection resulted in OSHA citing the company with three serious and four repeat violations. M-D Building, a manufacturer of decorative molding assortments and weather proofing products, has about 400 employees at its Oklahoma City facility.

"Within the past few years, the company has had a history of severe injuries including amputations of an arm, hands and fingers, burns and electrical shock," said Carlos Reynolds, OSHA's acting district director in Oklahoma City. "If this employer had implemented periodic safety inspections, as required, many of these injuries could have been avoided."

The three serious violations were for failing to correctly certify that energy control procedures were conducted;, perform forklift operator evaluations; and provide