Region 3 News Release: III-98-10-01-167-CP
Thurs., Oct. 1, 1998
Contact: Kate Dugan, (215) 596-1147
OSHA CITES MORGAN CORP. FOR ALLEGED VIOLATIONS OF
SAFETY AND HEALTH STANDARDS
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Morgan Corp., of Morgantown, Pa., for alleged violations of safety and health standards and proposed $110,500 in penalties. The corporation manufactures van truck bodies and employs 548 at this facility.
The Harrisburg OSHA office has issued one willful violation, with a proposed penalty of $70,000, 13 serious violations with penalties of $38,500, and six other-than-serious violations with a penalty of $2,000.
"This employer is being cited for a willful violation because of the lack of sprinklers or equivalent fire protection in four spray paint booths," said Bob Fink, area director of the Harrisburg OSHA office. "Morgan has been cited twice in the past for this same violation."
The serious violations include, among others, unguarded machinery, employee exposure to flammable liquids, inadequate stair guarding and means of egress, and electrical problems.
The other-than-serious violations relate to improper storage of fuel gas cylinders, inadequate lockout/tagout procedures and missing valve protection covers.
Willful violations are those committed with an intentional disregard of, or plain indifference to, the requirements of the OSH act and regulations.
A serious violation involves a substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result and that the employer knew or should have known of the hazard.
The company has 15 working days from receipt of the citations to either decide to comply, to request an informal conference with the OSHA area director, or to contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
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