OSHA Cited Lubbock Company for 20 ‘Serious’ Worker Safety Violations

Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Tuesday that Lubbock-based Jarvis Metals Recycling was cited for 24 safety and health violations. <span style="color: #ff0000;">UPDATED</span> for Jarvis statement.
LUBBOCK, TX -- Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Tuesday that Lubbock-based Jarvis Metals Recycling was cited for 24 safety and health violations.

OSHA said it has proposed a penalty of $64,400.

“The company was cited for exposing workers to unguarded machinery and electrical, noise, chemical and fall hazards,” OSHA said in a written statement.

Inspectors visited the company site, 7825 Olive Avenue, in November 2013.

“It is unacceptable that an employer has chosen to expose workers to preventable hazards,” said Joann Figueroa, OSHA area director in El Paso. “It is the employer’s responsibility to find and fix dangers in the workplace. This employer failed to do that.”

Of the 24 total violations there were “20 serious violations” according to the written statement.

UPDATE: Jarvis issued a statement late Wednesday. It said, “Jarvis Metals provides a safe workplace for its valued employees.   We are still reviewing the extensive allegations levelled by OSHA, and will respond to those in the appropriate forum. While OSHA may prefer to try its case in the media, Jarvis will present its side of the story at the proper time and place.”
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