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Region 6 News Release: 14-970-DAL
June 3, 2014
Contact: Diana Petterson      Juan Rodriguez
Phone: 972-850-4710      972-850-4710
Email: petterson.diana@dol.gov      rodriguez.juan@dol.gov

US Department of Labor's OSHA cites Texas-based cement mixer
manufacturer for 35 workplace safety and health violations
Continental Manufacturing Co. fined $286,200 for exposing workers to serious hazards

HOUSTON, Texas – Continental Manufacturing Co. Inc., doing business as Continental Mixer, has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for 35 safety and health violations, including failure to implement lockout/tagout procedures to protect workers who service or maintain machines and failure to maintain occupational noise exposure limits. The inspection began in response to a complaint regarding a worker who was injured using an unguarded power tool at the employer's Houston facility. Proposed penalties total $286,200.

"By failing to identify and correct these numerous safety and health violations, Continental Mixer has exposed its workers to needless and unnecessary hazards, jeopardizing employees' safety," said Mark Briggs, OSHA's area director in the Houston South Area Office.

The 22 serious safety and health violations, with a penalty of $122,300, include failure to indicate the identity of the employee applying a lockout/tagout device and to keep hand tools in safe working condition. Additionally, the company was cited for lack of maintaining personal protective equipment in a sanitary and reliable condition; failure to evaluate workers medically for physical fitness and to use air purifying respirators; and failure to maintain or replace breathing air filters, as instructed by the manufacturer. A serious violation