American Marazzi Tile has been cited by the OSHA for violation of 25 workplace health and safety rules. The Sunnyvale, Texas based tile manufacturer must now pay $318,000 in fines or contest the charges before an OHSA review board.
The company was cited for willful violations which could have produced serious work injuries or workplace death, inclding citations for failure to provide the required machine guards for exposed belts, chains, pulleys and sprockets. Additionally they neglected to establish a lockout/tag-out system for energy sources to protect their employees from the unexpected start-up of machines. Perhaps the most powerful example of American Marazzi’s indifference to employee safety and health is their absence of a hearing conservation program for workers exposed to prolonged work-related noise of more than 85 decibels. OHSA noted the company with having 21 other serious violations.
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