Texas Window Maker Faces OSHA Fine

July 14, 2010

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Krestmark Industries LP with one alleged willful and 10 alleged serious violations following a safety and health inspection at the company's factory in Dallas. The manufacturer of vinyl and aluminum windows and door faces potential penalties of $129,500.

Krestmark plans to fight the allegations, the company's Richard Kettle reports. "In our six years of business, Krestmark has always operated a safe and healthy work place," he states.

"This employer clearly knew that workers at this facility were exposed to hazardous levels of noise," says Stephen Boyd, OSHA's area director in Dallas. "The company ignored its responsibility under the Occupational Safety and Health Act and continued to jeopardize the health and safety of its workers."

OSHA's Dallas area office began its inspection in January at Krestmark's facility after receiving a complaint alleging employees were being exposed to safety hazards. A willful violation was issued for the company's failure to institute an effective hearing conservation program when workers were exposed to noise levels at or above 85 decibels.

The company was cited with 10 serious violations for failing to protect workers from being struck by flying objects, the unexpected release of energy while servicing and maintaining equipment, exposure to blood and hazardous chemicals and failing to train workers on the safe operation of forklift trucks, OSHA reports. A serious violation is one in which there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

Krestmark has 15 business days from receipt of citations to comply, request an informal conference with the OSHA area director in Dallas, or contest the citations and penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, officials note. 

"Krestmark cooperated fully with OSHA in its over six month investigation and disagrees with, and is disappointed in the agency’s issuance of citations," says Kettle. "Krestmark will utilize its right to contest all of the OSHA allegations."