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Region 6 News Release: 11-1415-DAL
Sept. 29, 2011
Contact: Elizabeth Todd      Juan Rodriguez
Phone: 972-850-4710      972-850-4709
Email: todd.elizabeth@dol.gov      rodriguez.juan@dol.gov

US Department of Labor's OSHA cites Wheels America in Schertz, Texas,
for exposing workers to multiple safety hazards

SCHERTZ, Texas – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Wheels America San Antonio I Ltd., doing business as Wheels America in Schertz, for 10 serious and one repeat violation for exposing workers to potential eye injuries and combustible dust hazards, among others. Proposed penalties total $45,000.

OSHA inspectors found that workers at the company's site on Bell North Drive in Schertz were repairing vehicle wheels using welding equipment that was not properly guarded and without the use of required personal protective equipment, such as goggles. Both hazards were cited as serious violations.

Additional serious violations involved failing to control fire hazards associated with powder-coating operations by maintaining ventilation in the spray booth, ensure that electrical cords were safely used, and keep the work site clean and sanitary. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

The repeat violation involved failing to provide covers for boxes containing live electrical conductors. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously has been cited for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years. Wheels America was cited for similar violations at its Sherwood Lane facility in Houston in 2007.

"This company exposed its employees to workplace hazards