Tues., April 29, 2008
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- A Conklin, N.Y., manufacturer of industrial screening media faces an additional $75,000 in fines from the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for failing to correct machine guarding hazards cited during a previous OSHA inspection.
Samscreen Inc. was cited by OSHA in June 2007 for inadequate guarding of moving machine parts and other hazards at its 216 Broome Corporate Parkway manufacturing plant. The company agreed to correct all cited hazards and paid a fine of $4,725. However, an OSHA follow-up inspection begun in February 2008 found that three press brakes and eight revolving rollers remained unprotected, leaving employees exposed to potential laceration, amputation and crushing injuries.
"The purpose of machine guarding is to prevent any part of an employee's body from coming in contact with a machine's moving parts," said Christopher Adams, OSHA's area director in Syracuse. "The sizable fine proposed here reflects the seriousness of this employer's ongoing failure to effectively safeguard its employees against this potentially deadly hazard."
As a result, OSHA issued Samscreen two failure to abate citations, with $75,000 in proposed fines. OSHA issues a failure to abate citation when an employer does not correct a cited violation by an established date. OSHA may impose a penalty of up to $7,000 per day for each violation.
The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations to contest them before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. This inspection was conducted by OSHA's Syracuse Area Office; telephone 315-451-0808.
OSHA operates a vigorous enforcement program, conducting more than 39,000 inspections in fiscal year 2007 and exceeding its inspection goals in each of the last eight years. In fiscal year 2007, OSHA found nearly 89,000 violations of its standards and regulations.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to promote the safety and health of America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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