The United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has

cited Maverick Arms, Inc. for twenty four safety and health violations, including one willful

violation and twenty three serious violation. They come in response to an inspection of a

worksite in Eagle Pass, TX in April of 2015. This inspection was initiated as part of the Regional

Emphasis Program for Fabricated Metal Products. The citations are for violations relating to

machine guarding, noise control, amputation hazards, and lead exposure. These violations carry

proposed penalties of $197,000.

“Exposure to lead and high noise levels can cause long-term or permanent health damage,” said

Alejandro Porter, OSHA’s area director in San Antonio. “Maverick Arms has a responsibility to

protect its workers by identifying and eliminating these hazards.”

OSHA has a number of emphasis programs, joint alliances, and other programs in place to help

guard employees against injuries and illnesses in high-risk, targeted areas. If you own a business

in a target industry, or if your company operates in any of these target spaces, it is imperative

that your occupational safety and health policies and procedures are accurate and up-to-date. If

not, a surprise audit could cost your company hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines, or an

employee could be severely injured on the job.

If you have any questions about this inspection or about your company’s occupational safety and

health policies and procedures, please contact us. If you have anything to add about this audit or

about the importance of updating occupational safety and health policies and procedures, please

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