Region 2 News Release: NY 168
July 26, 1999
Contact: Chester J. Fultz
CROUSE-HINDS DIVISION OF COOPER INDUSTRIES, INC.
SETTLES OSHA CITATIONS ISSUED FOLLOWING FATAL ACCIDENT
Crouse-Hinds, a Division of Cooper Industries, Inc., in Syracuse, NY, has agreed to pay a $350,000 penalty and to hire a consultant to monitor its progress in correcting health and safety hazards, following a Jan. 26, 1999 fatal accident at the company's Wolf Street facility.
The agreement, announced by Diane M. Brayden, director of the Syracuse area office of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, results from a comprehensive safety and health inspection of Crouse-Hinds that was completed by OSHA on June 2.
As a result of OSHA's inspection, the company received citations for alleged deficiencies in programs and procedures relating to locking and tagging of machinery, confined space entry, and machinery guarding. Additional violations involved hazards that could lead to slips and falls, or result in workers being struck by equipment or materials.
"The consultant will share progress reports with OSHA and with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers," Brayden said. "This commitment to enhance the safety and health program will provide a significant long-term benefit to the facility's 1050 employees."
Crouse-Hinds will hire the consultant within 90 days, and the consultant will provide quarterly progress reports to OSHA and the IBEW over the next year.
Crouse-Hinds manufactures equipment such as switches, circuit breakers, and lighting fixtures for hazardous locations.
Brayden explained OSHA's locking and tagging standard is designed to prevent machinery that is undergoing repair or maintenance from suddenly starting up and injuring workers. The January accident in which Anthony Pullano of Syracuse was killed involved the start-up of a muller.
Brayden said "confined space entry" refers to safety measures that protect employees working in tanks or similar equipment from asphyxiation.
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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