Houston-Based Recycled Glass Supplier Cited for Safety Risks

Houston-Based Recycled Glass Supplier Cited for Safety Risks

Strategic Materials Inc. faces $370,995 in proposed penalties.

Houston's Strategic Materials Inc.—which supplies recycled glass to manufacturers—is once again under the scrutiny of OSHA due to repeated workplace safety violations.

In a release dated Sept. 13, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced that an investigation into Strategic Materials identified 13 violations, including nine serious, one willful and three repeat offenses. Violations include a lack of lockout/tagout procedures, exposing employees to potential falls, failure to enclose sprocket wheels and chains and unguarded projecting shaft ends.

As a result of OSHA’s investigation, Strategic Materials faces $370,995 in proposed penalties. OSHA’s investigation followed a complaint on March 9, 2023. Notably, this latest investigation isn't the company’s first brush with OSHA. The agency previously carried out inspections in January, March and May of 2021.

“Strategic Materials Inc. continues to expose workers to some of general industry’s leading causes of workplace injuries and death,” OSHA Area Director Timothy Minor in Fort Worth, Texas, said in a statement. “Employers who willfully disregard their responsibility to keep workers safe will be held accountable.”

Strategic Materials has 15 business days following receipt of the citations and penalties to comply, arrange an informal discussion with OSHA’s area director or contest OSHA’s findings.

About the Author

Robert Yaniz Jr. is the Content Editor of Occupational Health & Safety.

Product Showcase

  • The MGC Simple Plus

    The MGC Simple Plus is a simple-to-use, portable multi-gas detector that runs continuously for three years without needing to be recharged or routinely calibrated after its initial charge and calibration during manufacturing. The detector reliably tests a worksite’s atmosphere for hydrogen sulfide, carbon monoxide, oxygen and combustible gases (LEL). Additionally, it is durable enough to withstand the harshest treatment and environments, which is why it has an IP 68 rating. The MGC Simple Plus is also compatible with a variety of accessories, such as Gas Clip Technologies’ new GCT External Pump. Visit gascliptech.com for more information. 3

  • 8” CVF Axial Fan

    8” CVF Axial Fan

    AIRFLOW AND CIRCULATION The rugged polyethylene 8” CVF Axial Fan from Air Systems is designed to accommodate a variety of non-hazardous locations such as manhole entry, tank cleaning, & underground vaults. CSA C/US certified for use in all weather conditions. Saddle Vent® and Canister Fan Kits are also available with 15- or 25-foot ducting. Stop by and see our full line of confined space ventilation blowers and fans at the Safety+ show in San Antonio (Booth 611). www.airsystems.com/ 3

  • MSA ALTAIR io™ 4 Gas Detection Wearable

    MSA ALTAIR io™ 4 Gas Detection Wearable

    The MSA ALTAIR io™ 4 Gas Detection Wearable delivers real-time visibility to help drive safety and productivity across workers, worksites, and workflows. ALTAIR io 4 features: · Cutting-edge, CAT-M LTE cellular connectivity · Automatic integration with MSA Grid cloud-based software · Over-the-air (OTA) updates · Automatic bump test and calibration · MSA id digital device assignment · Rugged, durable design and industry-leading XCell® sensors The ALTAIR io 4 is part of the MSA Connected Work Platform. 3