A Texas jewelry plating company has been cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for failing to keep employees protected from potentially serious eye injuries.
OSHA on Tuesday announced the lawsuit against El Paso, Texas-based Arizona Traders Co. for 12 serious violations after workplace safety inspectors found in September 2022 that employees were exposed to harmful chemicals, such as caustic acids, that can lead to permanent eye damage.
OSHA proposed $292,693 in fines and the company was given 15 days to contest the citation.
The company is accused of failing to provide required eyewash stations or showers in areas where workers face risks associated with using hydrochloric, nitric and ferric chloride.
Inspectors also found blocked exits and electrical hazards, as well as improperly stored acetylene and oxygen cylinders, at the business, OSHA said.
Additionally, the company is accused of failing to establish and implement written respiratory protection and hazard communication programs.
OSHA similarly cited the company for claims that it failed to protect employees from eye hazards in September 2011 and August 2012.