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Nathaniel Knautz •

Kingston plant fined for workplace hazards

KINGSTON, Okla - A Marshall County trailer manufacturer is facing more than $535,000 in fines from an O.S.H.A investigation last year. C.M. Trailers and Truck Beds opened in 2013 as a subsidiary of BigTex Trailer Manufacturing, and employs 120 workers. A complaint from inside the company led the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to investigate the manufacturing plant in July 2016, where they found 24 safety and health violations. "CM Truck Beds has created an environment where workers may be seriously injured or killed as the scope of these violations clearly shows," OSHA Oklahoma City area director David Bates said in a press release this past week. "We will not allow this company to continue to disregard worker safety."

OSHA found workers were spray painting without receiving medical evaluations, and found the company didn't provide welding protections. OSHA also says the company didn't properly label chemicals, or properly store compressed gas tanks, cover floor holes or provide railing in dangerous areas, and protect their diesel storage tank from the threat of ignition, to name a few. Of the 24 violations, 20 were found to be serious, one was willful and three were repeated. They fined the company a proposed $535,411. However, in a statement, C.M. President Steve Courreges says these issues have been addressed. "Contract Manufacturer (CM) remains committed to workplace safety," Correges said. "On-going actions continue to be taken to ensure that safe working conditions are maintained and employees are working in the safest environment possible."

Source: Andrew Freeman KXII Fox News

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