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May 19, 2016


Jefferson County metal manufacturer cited for 27 serious violations
in federal workplace safety inspection, faces $47K in fines

Falls Creek Powdered Metals Inc. exposed workers to dangerous machine hazards

Employer name: Falls Creek Powdered Metals Inc., 82 Industrial Drive, Brockway, Pennsylvania

Citations issued: The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued 27 serious citations on May 17, 2016.

Inspection findings: OSHA opened an inspection on Nov. 23, 2015, in response to a complaint alleging hazards at the facility. Inspectors cited the company for exposing workers to unguarded or improperly guarded machines, and for the lack of a as a lockout/tagout program to control hazardous energy.

Quote: "The lack of machine guarding, coupled with a deficient system to prevent unexpected machine starts, represents a danger to workers at the plant," said Theresa A. Naim, director of OSHA's Erie area office. "Employers have a legal responsibility to ensure the health and safety of their employees. Anything less is unacceptable."

Proposed penalties: $47,000

The citations can be viewed at:

The employer has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and proposed penalties to comply, request a 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 Erie Area Office at 814-874-5150.

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Media Contacts:

Joanna Hawkins, 215-861-5101,
Leni Fortson, 215-861-5102,

Release Number: 16-969-PHI (16-057 Falls Creek Powdered Metals)

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