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Jewelry company cited for exposing workers to eye injuries

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A Texas jewelry metal-plating finishing company has been cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for allegedly failing to keep employees protected against potentially severe eye injuries.

OSHA on Tuesday announced citations against El Paso, Texas-based Arizona Traders Co. for 12 serious violations after workplace safety inspectors in September 2022 found employees were exposed to harmful chemicals, such as corrosive acids, that could lead to permanent eye injuries.

OSHA proposed $292,693 in fines, and the company was given 15 days to contest the citations.

The company is accused of failing to provide required eyewash stations or showers in areas where workers face risks associated with using hydrochloric acid, nitric acid and ferric chloride.

Inspectors also found obstructed exits and electrical hazards, as well as improperly stored acetylene and oxygen cylinders, at the business, OSHA stated.

Additionally, the company is accused of failing to establish and implement written respiratory protection and hazard communication programs.

OSHA similarly cited the business over claims that it failed to protect employees against eye dangers in September 2011 and August 2012.