The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Jarvis Metals Recycling, Inc. of Lubbock, Texas, for 24 safety and health violations. With a proposed penalty of $64,400, the company was cited for exposing workers to unguarded machinery and electrical, noise, chemical and fall hazards at the company's Olive Avenue facility. OSHA's Lubbock District Office initiated the safety and health inspections in November 2013 under the agency's Site- Specific Targeting Program that directs enforcement resources to high-hazard workplaces where high injury and illness rates occur.
"It is unacceptable that an employer has chosen to expose workers to preventable hazards," said Joann Figueroa, area director in El Paso. "It is the employer's responsibility to find and fix dangers in the workplace. This employer failed to do that."
The 20 serious violations include failing to maintain electrical components in accordance with standards for safe electrical installations. 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 company, which employs about 63 workers statewide, was cited in April 2008 for six serious violations and one other-than-serious violation. Some of the current violations are similar to those found in the 2008 inspection.
Jarvis Metals Recycling has 15 business days from the receipt of its citations to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's acting area director in El Paso, or contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.