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Jan. 28, 2016

 

Seitz Tech LLC exposes employees to electrical, fire hazards again
OSHA fines Oxford, Pennsylvania, company $55,400 for latest violations

Employer name: Seitz Tech LLC., 1041 Hickory Hill Road, Oxford, Pennsylvania

Citations issued: On Jan. 21, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued citations for four repeat and one serious safety violations.

Investigation findings: OSHA initiated a follow-up inspection to check on the abatement of hazards identified in a previous inspection after Seitz failed to verify corrective action had been taken.

Investigators found that employees were again exposed to fire and electrical hazards, including work areas that were not free from excess materials, including, but not limited to piles of scrap, cardboard boxes, and building debris; outlet boxes installed without a cover or face plate and the use of flexible cords and orange construction-type extension cords as a replacement for permanent wiring. The company was cited for similar violations in June 2011 and March 2015.

The serious violation involved the improper use of outlet strips.

Proposed penalties: $55,400

Quote: "Seitz Tech LLC is taking unnecessary chances with the safety of its employees by refusing to correct these hazards," said Nicholas DeJesse, director of OSHA's Philadelphia Area Office. "Its level of disregard for worker protection will not be tolerated."

View the citations: http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/SeitzTechLLC_1093754_01_20_2016.pdf

The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

To ask questions; obtain compliance assistance; file a complaint; or report amputations, eye loss, workplace hospitalizations, fatalities or situations posing imminent danger to workers, the public should call OSHA's toll-free hotline at 800-321-OSHA (6742) or the agency's Philadelphia Area Office at 215-597-4955.

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Media Contacts:

Leni Fortson, 215-861-5102, uddyback-fortson.lenore@dol.gov

Release Number: 16-170-PHI (OSHA 16-008 Seitz Tech LLC)


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