The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) exists to assure something that all companies understand: There is no excuse for a lack of workplace safety. As such, the regulatory authority reserves the right to punish enterprises that violate its stringent but just safety standards. The impact of fines on companies that fail to meet those standards can result in the loss of revenue and even the valuable assets of skilled, well-trained employees.
Texas TST Inc. is learning this lesson the hard way. An OSHA investigation into that organization uncovered 13 safety violations regarding employee exposure to electrical equipment. Other violations included failures to secure compress gas equipment, provide relief on electrical circuits and repair damaged cables. While the cost of maintaining this equipment is expensive, the risk presented to employees is inexcusable. Safety equipment and an accident prevention program may have allowed the company to circumvent any discipline from OSHA.
Elizabeth Linda Routh is the OSHA area director that oversaw the investigation of Texas TST Inc. She pointed to negligence as the cause of these issues in a press release:
"Where machine guarding and electrical hazards are concerned, making the necessary changes to comply with OSHA standards can mean the difference between life and death, this employer did not take the steps necessary to keep workers safe during the performance of their daily duties, " she stated following the announcement of the measures taken against Texas TST.
Installing safety equipment is essential to meeting OSHA's compliance standards. Electrical equipment poses unique dangers to workplace safety. Properly installing that equipment is essential to avoiding tragic accidents.
Safety Advantage LLC offers an abundance of equipment that can protect employees from electrical hazards. This coupled with training modules aimed at improving performance can assure that an employer meets OSHA regulations.