Kitchen Cabinet Company Nailed for Combustible Dust Hazards

OSHA's San Antonio Area Office initiated a safety and health inspection Aug. 16 in response to a complaint. Proposed penalties total $45,000.

OSHA has cited Cardell Cabinetry Inc. LLC for seven serious and four other-than-serious safety and health violations at its San Antonio facility. Proposed penalties total $45,000.

OSHA's San Antonio Area Office initiated a safety and health inspection Aug. 16 in response to a complaint. The serious violations involve failing to provide adequate guarding for keyed and horizontal shafting on molders, cover electrical openings, ensure that the facility was equipped with an evacuation alarm system, ensure that compressed air pressure was less then 30 pounds per square inch, keep surfaces free from combustible wood saw dust, and keep restrooms in a sanitary condition with soap and hot water.

The other-than-serious violations involve record keeping deficiencies on the OSHA 300 log, including failing to list the location of where an injury or illness occurred as well as adequately describe the relevant body part and object that caused the injury or illness.

"Combustible dust accumulation, inadequate guarding of machines and unsanitary working conditions can jeopardize the safety and health of Cardell Cabinetry's workers," said Jeff Funke, director of OSHA's San Antonio office.

Cardell Cabinetry employs about 800 workers at the San Antonio facility who specialize in manufacturing kitchen cabinets.

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