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Region 6 News Release: 12-1168-DAL
June 13, 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 Progressive Inc., an Arlington, Texas,
manufacturing facility, for safety hazards; proposed fines total $58,000

ARLINGTON, Texas – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Progressive Inc. in Arlington with 15 safety violations for exposing workers to machine guarding and electrical hazards. OSHA's Fort Worth Area Office opened an inspection in February under the agency's Site-Specific Targeting Program, which directs enforcement resources to high-hazard workplaces where the highest rates of injuries and illnesses occur. Proposed penalties total $58,000.

Thirteen serious violations involve failing to mark emergency exits; keep fire extinguishers mounted with unobstructed access; store compressed gas cylinders properly; guard belts and pulleys on machinery; properly adjust tongue and rest guards on grinders; and use permanent wiring instead of extension cords. 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.

Two other-than-serious violations include failing to provide a load rating on an overhead storage location and to close unused openings on electrical boxes. An other-than-serious violation is one that has a direct relationship to job safety and health, but probably would not cause death or serious physical harm.

"Failing to properly guard machinery can cause serious injury and possible death," said Jack Rector, OSHA's area direct