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September 24, 2012
Inspections lead to citations for small energy employer

Wenco Energy Corp., which manufactures equipment for the oil industry, has been cited by OSHA and fined nearly $168,000. Inspectors levied 23 serious and 8 repeat safety and health violations at the company’s Tulsa manufacturing site.

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The inspection was a follow-up to a September 2010 inspection conducted after an employee was killed.

 “By failing to provide machine guarding and correct other deficiencies, Wenco Energy continues to risk serious injury to workers, including amputations,” said OSHA Area Director David Bates. “In this case, it is fortunate that no one else has been injured.”

Citations were issued for problems including lockout, machine guarding, and risk of electrocution. On the health side, the business was fined for not providing PPE and eyewash stations and for improper storage of compressed gas cylinders.

Wenco is a small business with about 32 employees.

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