Region 3 News Release: III-98-11-20-206-WVA
Friday, November 20, 1998
Contact: Kate Dugan, (215) 596-1147
OSHA ISSUES SAFETY AND HEALTH CITATIONS TO PARKERSBURG, WVA COMPANY
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued citations to Schottenstein Stores, Inc., d.b.a. Englander Bedding in Parkersburg, W. Va. for alleged violations of safety and health standards and proposed $134,825 in penalties. The company is a mattress and boxspring manufacturer and employs 16,000 corporate-wide with 118 workers at this site.
According to Stanley H. Elliott, area director of the Charleston OSHA office, the company was issued two willful violations, with a proposed penalty of $110,000, six serious violations, with a penalty of $13,825, one repeat violation with a penalty of $4,000 and one other-than-serious violation with a penalty of $7,000.
"The first willful violation pertains to the company's failure to develop specific procedures for the control of hazardous energy, otherwise known as a lockout/tagout program," said Elliott. "They also failed to conduct annual inspections of lockout/tagout procedures and have received citations in the past for these violations."
"The second willful violation concerned employee exposure to noise. An audiometric testing program was not in place for three years even though the employer knew that noise levels exceeded permissible exposure limits." Elliott said.
Six serious violations were issued for deficiencies in machine guarding, electrical problems, and several violations related to noise overexposure.
The repeat violation was issued because a lathe was not provided with a guard which exposed employees to injury. The other-than-serious violation were issued because the company failed to complete the OSHA 200 log, which records injuries and illnesses.
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.
Repeat violations occur when an employer has been cited previously for a substantially similar condition and the citations have become a final order of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC).
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.
The inspection was conducted by the Charleston OSHA office, 550 Egan St., Room 206, Charleston, WVA 25301, telephone (304) 347-5937.
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