A cabinet maker in Belton is facing heavy fines from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Carmen Creative Cabinets LLC was hit with 32 violations for exposing workers to a variety of hazards, including combustible dust accumulations and amputations from unguarded saws.

OSHA’s Austin Area office inspected the company’s cabinet manufacturing facility in Belton upon receiving a complaint alleging hazards. The company could be forced to pay a total of $64,800.

“By failing to find and fix workplace hazards, this employer is exposing workers to possible injuries or much worse,” said Casey Perkins, OSHA’s area director in Austin. “The lack of machine guarding and the accumulation of combustible dust are obvious hazards that Carmen Creative Cabinets should have addressed.”

The OSHA inspection revealed several safety violations that could potentially risk the lives of employees, according to Juan Rodriguez, spokesperson for the Department of Labor.

Rodriguez said the cabinet makers have not had any run-ins with OSHA in the past. He said the company, which employs about 30 workers, has 15 days to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA or contest the finding before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

“If the company does nothing, the case will become a final order and the citation/violations and penalty will become final with abatement and penalties due,” Rogriguez said. “If no payment is received, the collection of payment will go through OSHA’s collection procedures, which can include a referral to the National Treasury for collection.”

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees.

Calls to Carmen Creative Cabinets had not been returned at the time of publication.

Contact Mason Lerner at mlerner@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7567

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