Region 3 News Release: USDL: III-00-09-29-091-PGH
Fri., Sept. 29, 2000
Contact: Leni Uddyback-Fortson
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OSHA CITES VERONA, PA COMPANY FOR ALLEGED SAFETY & HEALTH VIOLATIONS; PROPOSES $107,100 IN PENALTIES
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Daily Juice Products Division, Verona, Pa., for alleged safety and health violations, proposing a total of $107,100 in penalties. A division of American Beverage Corporation, Daily Juice is a juice manufacturer employing 650 people.
OSHA initiated its inspection on April 13, 2000 in response to a complaint. According to Robert Szymanski, area director of the Pittsburgh OSHA office, the company was cited for 35 serious violations, with a proposed penalty of $107,100; and five other-than-serious violations, which carry no penalty.
The serious violations include:
lack of machine guarding
improper use of powered industrial trucks
defective eye wash fountains
failure to implement Lock out/Tag out procedures-which prevents the inadvertent start-up of machines
inadequate emergency response plan dealing with the hazards of an anhydrous ammonia refrigerant leak
improper training of the company's emergency coordinator
lack of protective goggles for employees required to deal with anhydrous ammonia leaks
lack of protective equipment for employees working with ethyl alcohol improper storage of flammable liquids
improper storage of flammable liquids
employee exposure to noise levels greater than 90 decibels
no annual audio grams for employees overexposed to noise
The other-than-serious violations include:
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 decide to comply, request an informal conference with the OSHA area director or to contest the citations and proposed penalties before the Independent Occupational Safety and Heath Review Commission.
The inspection was conducted by the Pittsburgh area office, Federal Building - Room 1428, 1000 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15222-4101, telephone: (412) 395-4903.
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