Region 2 News Release: NY 167
June 29, 2000
Contact: Chester J. Fultz
REVERE COPPER FACTORY IN ROME, NEW YORK, CITED BY OSHA FOR ALLEGED SAFETY AND HEALTH VIOLATIONS; $67,500 IN PENALTIES PROPOSED
The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Revere Copper Products, Inc., of One Revere Park, Rome, New York, and proposed penalties of $67,500 against the firm for 32 alleged serious and seven alleged other-than-serious violations of OSHA standards. The company has until July 21 to contest the citations.
According to OSHA area director Diane M. Brayden, the action results from an inspection carried out from January 4 through June 29 under a local emphasis program focusing on the primary metal industries.
The alleged serious violations for which the employer was cited included:
failure to inspect and maintain overhead hoists;
failure to provide proper guarding on masonry saws, ingoing nip points, rotating parts, rotating shafts, belts and points of operation on machinery;
failure to provide railings and other appropriate protection on ladderway openings, floor openings, and open-sided floors;
failure to have evenly spaced rungs on fixed ladders;
failure to provide adequate emergency showers and eyewash stations;
failure to provide adequate personal protective equipment;
failure to have an adequate respiratory protection program;
failure to have an adequate program covering entry into hazardous confined spaces;
failure to provide adequate training and procedures in the safe handling of lead.
Alleged other-than-serious violations included failure to provide annual training in emergency spill cleanup, failure to keep exit stairways free of ice, and failure to label a portable jack with its load rating.
A serious violation is defined as a condition which exists where there is a substantial possibility that death or serious physical harm can result. An other-than-serious violation is a hazardous condition that would probably not cause death or serious physical harm but would have a direct and immediate relationship to the safety and health of employees.
The investigation was conducted by OSHA's Syracuse area office, located at 3300 Vickery Road, North Syracuse, New York, telephone (315) 451-0808.
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