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Region 6 News Release: 10-1377-DAL
Oct. 21, 2010
Contact: Elizabeth Todd     Juan Rodriguez
E-mail: todd.elizabeth@dol.gov     rodriguez.juan@dol.gov
Phone: 972-850-4710     972-850-4709

US Department of Labor's OSHA cites Houston
manufacturing company for alleged safety violations

KATY, Texas - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Houston, Texas-based Igloo Products Corp. with 14 alleged serious, two alleged repeat and four alleged other-than-serious violations for exposing workers to multiple safety hazards. Proposed penalties total $113,500.

"This employer jeopardized the safety of its workers by exposing them to the possible release of electrical energy, which could cause electrocution or other hazards," said David Doucet, area director of OSHA's Houston North Area Office. "It is fortunate in this case that no one was injured."

OSHA's Houston North Area Office began its investigation on May 27 at the company's worksite on Igloo Road in Katy, Texas, following a complaint alleging workers were exposed to safety hazards while performing servicing and maintenance on machines and equipment in which the unexpected energization, or start up, of the machines or equipment, or release of stored energy, could cause injury to employees.

The serious violations include failing to maintain dry walking and working surfaces, provide clean stairway platforms to avoid tripping hazards, provide stairway railings, provide a hazard analysis for personal protection equipment, provide eye protection such as goggles and face shields, provide adequate eye wash and shower stations, provide machine guarding for rotating equipment and ensure electrical panel covers were closed. A serious violation is one in which there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could res