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Region 6 News Release: 12-122-DAL
March 14, 2012
Contact: Elizabeth Todd      Juan Rodriguez
Phone: 972-850-4710      972-850-4709
Email: todd.elizabeth@dol.gov      rodriguez.juan@dol.gov

US Labor Department's OSHA cites IFCO Systems North America for safety,
health violations at San Antonio facility; proposes nearly $164,000 in fines

SAN ANTONIO – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Houston-based IFCO Systems North America Inc. with 10 serious, three repeat and six other-than-serious violations for exposing workers to safety and health violations at its facility on Tacco Drive in San Antonio. OSHA's San Antonio Area Office initiated an inspection as part of the agency's Site-Specific Targeting program, which directs enforcement activity to work sites with higher-than-average injury and illness rates. Proposed penalties total $163,900.

"Serious and repeat violations compromise worker safety," said Jeff Funke, the agency's area director in San Antonio. "This employer has not exercised its responsibility to ensure workers are not exposed to hazards."

The serious violations include failing to refit employees for and retrain them on hearing protection when annual tests revealed that they had experienced notable hearing loss, secure dock boards when driven over by forklifts and ensure that copies of material safety data sheets were on hand. 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 violations include failing to provide machine guarding for rotating shafts on a wood chipping machine and properly maintain an electrical conduit that was pulled back, exposing internal