NAVASOTA, Tex. (KBTX) - A Brazos Valley business is accused of putting its employees in danger for the third time in five years. Thomas Moore Feed in Navasota has been fined more than $60,000 in violations following a visit by federal inspectors last November.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, says two of those violations are considered serious. Three are repeat offenses and two classified as "other."
The seven citations say the company put employees at risk of fall hazards, electrical hazards and exposed them to life-threatening work conditions. Last August, an employee had the tip of his finger cut off. OSHA says the company did not immediately report it.
Matt Moore, owner of Thomas Moore Feed, declined to go on camera, but told KBTX it wasn't reported because there was a new law they didn't know about.
This isn’t the first time Thomas Moore Feed has been cited by OSHA. In 2017, they were ordered to pay nearly $46,000 for eight violations. Moore told KBTX then the allegations were "totally false."
In response to this new wave of penalties, Moore said the company is committed to the safety of its employees.
In 2014, the company was issued 18 violations and had to pay more than $34,000 in penalties.