BMC Hit with 41K in Fines

Originally published by: OSHAJanuary 9, 2013

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BMC Building Materials and Construction Services has been cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) with seven serious safety violations. The inspection was initiated because of a complaint about unsafe working conditions and hazards. The company has 15 business days to dispute the safety citations. Proposed fines total $41,000.

According to the company’s official website, BMC Building Materials and Construction Services was established in 1987. The company markets itself as being a leading provider of lumber and building materials, pre-manufactured trusses, wall panels, doors, and millwork. BMC has nearly 4,500 employees.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration maintains BMC workers built prefabricated wood trusses without requiring machine guarding while saws were in operation. In addition, the company violated OSHA regulations by not covering rotating shafts on machines and failed to protect wiring and maintain safe conditions for electrical cords. Casey Perkins, OSHA’s Austin, Texas area director emphasized the importance of following safety regulations and standards. She further commented the lack of machine guarding could lead to serious injuries such as amputations.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has initiated an aggressive safety campaign focusing on amputations. Information, educational resources, tip sheets as well as other resources can be accessed from www.osha.gov. In addition, online training classes focusing on topics relevant to amputations and machine guarding can be accessed at www.osha-pros.com.

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