Region 2 News Release: NY 109
February 3, 2000
Contact: Chester J. Fultz
MILVILLE, NEW JERSEY STEEL PRODUCT MANUFACTURER CITED BY OSHA
FOR ALLEGED WILLFUL AND OTHER SAFETY AND HEALTH VIOLATIONS;
$86,500 IN PENALTIES PROPOSED
The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Kane Steel Corporation of South 12th St., Millville, NJ, alleging one willful, 23 serious, and five other-than-serious violations of health and safety standards. Proposed penalties total $86,500.
Gary Roskoski, director of OSHA's Marlton area office, said the citations resulted from a programmed inspection conducted from July 30, 1999, to January 28, 2000, under the "site specific targeting initiative." Under this initiative, OSHA targets work places for inspections in 99 high-hazard industries with higher than average injury and illness rates as shown by data collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
OSHA alleges the company violated safety standards by failing to take a defective and unsafe industrial truck out of service, an alleged willful violation carrying a total proposed penalty of $38,500.
- Among the serious violations for which OSHA cited the company are:
- failure to require that employees use proper protective equipment, including hearing protection, protective helmets, and protective lenses, in work areas.
- failure to develop and implement a lockout/tagout program.
- failure to properly train industrial truck forklift operators, and altering the trucks, creating an unsafe condition.
- failure to conduct required overhead crane inspections and develop and implement an overhead crane preventative maintenance program.
- failure to properly guard machinery.
- failure to properly guard against electrical hazards.
- failure to develop and implement a noise monitoring program and provide annual employee audiograms.
- failure to keep walking/working surfaces free of trash, oil and water.
The alleged serious violations carry a total proposed penalty of $48,000.
OSHA also cited the employer for other-than-serious violations, including:
- failure to provide a copy of the noise standard for employee review.
- failure to establish a respiratory program.
- failure to establish a hazard communication program.
OSHA defines a willful violation as one committed with an intentional disregard for, or plain indifference to, the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Act and regulations. A serious violation is one in which there is a substantial probability that death or serious s physical harm could result. Other-than-serious violations are hazardous conditions 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 Marlton area office located at the Marlton Executive Park, 701 Route 73 South, Building 2, Suite 120, Marlton, N. J. 08053. Telephone (856) 757-5181.
The company has until February 18 to contest the citations.
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