PENSACOLA, FL – Despite the findings of a January 2021 federal workplace safety investigation, a Pensacola custom cabinet manufacturer continued to expose workers to fire risks, inspectors with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration found in a follow-up visit.
In October 2021, OSHA inspectors discovered Deering Custom Cabinets LLC did not have automatic sprinklers in place in a spray booth. Additionally, the company exposed workers to fire and explosive hazards by allowing them to use unapproved electrical equipment near flammable stains and paints – violations for which OSHA cited the company in an earlier inspection. Deering also failed to fit test and train workers using respirators and did not ensure proper storage of the devices.
OSHA’s October inspection resulted in citations for three failure to abate violations. Deering Custom Cabinets faces $157,977 in proposed penalties.
“Protecting workers’ lives is not optional. Every workplace must implement a comprehensive safety and health program to reveal and fix problems quickly, and reduce the risk and severity of workplace injuries,” said OSHA Area Office Director Jose A. Gonzalez in Mobile, Alabama.
The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe workplaces for their employees, including fixing hazards when they are discovered. Visit OSHA’s website for information on developing a workplace safety and health program.
Employers can also contact the agency for information about OSHA’s compliance assistance resources and free help on complying with OSHA standards.