DALLAS — A Dallas-based metal recycling company has been cited by the federal government following the hospitalization of one its employees who was crushed by a stack of pipes.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Venture Metals LLC after an inspection showed the company exposed employees to crushing hazards, failed to implement lead exposure measures or train workers in lockout/tagout procedures. According to OSHA, Venture also failed to follow confined space entry permit procedures.
"This employer has continued to disregard requirements to assess workplace hazards and implement measures to protect workers' safety and health," OSHA Dallas Area Office director Basil Singh said in a statement.
According to OSHA, Venture faces $311,580 in penalties for recurrent safety and health violations. The company has 15 days after receiving the OSHA citations and penalties to comply or request a conference with OSHA or contest the citations with OSHA's review commission, the agency said.