MooreCo responds to OSHA investigation
October 25, 2021 | 11:12 am CDT

Employees at contract furniture manufacturer MooreCo handle a large composite panel. This image was captured from a promotional video on the company's website.  

Photo By MooreCo promotional video

TEMPLE, Texas - MooreCo Inc., which faces about $238,929 in proposed fines for workplace injuries to employees, said that it is reviewing data from an OSHA investigation.

A representative for the Temple, Texas-based company told the Kileen Daily Herald newspaper that the company was “committed to improving employee safety.” Calls to the company CEO have not been returned.

OSHA began investigating the company after an April 20, 2021, complaint was lodged. Investigators discovered that an employee suffered a broken finger when their hand was caught in a machine. The employee’s injury occurred while feeding raw materials into  an adhesive roller coater for the gluing of furniture parts. Inspectors determined that the company removed guarding and failed to follow hazardous energy control procedures to prevent sudden machine start-up or movement during maintenance and servicing.

Following the inspection, OSHA cited the company for three repeat violations related to energy control and two serious violations for failing to follow lockout/tagout procedures and provide machine guarding to protect workers from the moving parts. MooreCo Inc. faces $249,657 in proposed fines.

OSHA cited the company for similar violations in 2015 and 2018.

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