Sept. 10, 2007
Contact: Leni Uddyback-Fortson
Phone: (215) 861-5102
Allentown, Pa. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Reithoffer Shows Inc., based in Gibsonton, Fla., for alleged safety and health violations at two Pennsylvania carnival sites, with proposed fines totaling $62,000.
The company managed a carnival located at the Neshaminy Mall in Bensalem, Pa., employing 28 people. OSHA initiated an inspection on April 25, resulting in a citation for one alleged willful violation due to the company's failure to provide employees with adequate fall protection. The agency has proposed a $56,000 fine.
Under a separate OSHA investigation, initiated on April 23, the company was cited for two serious violations found at another carnival site in Philadelphia and fined $6,000 after an employee fell from the top of one of the carnival rides. The serious violations are related to the company's deficient lockout/tagout system, which would have prevented the inadvertent start-up of machinery.
'Abatement of these violations is crucial because of the nature of the company's work,' says Jean Kulp, director of OSHA's Allentown office. 'It is imperative that Reithoffer correct these hazards to provide a safe and healthful environment for its employees.'
OSHA defines a willful violation as one committed with an intentional disregard of, or plain indifference to, the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. Serious violations are issued when there is a substantial probability that death or serious injury could occur from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.
Reithoffer Shows Inc. has 15 working days from receipt of the citations to appeal them before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. The inspection was conducted by OSHA's Allentown Area Office; telephone (610) 766-0592.
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