Region 4 News Release: 09-527-ATL (149)
June 9, 2009
Contact: Michael D'Aquino Michael Wald
Phone: 404-562-2076 404-562-2078
U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA proposes $105,000 in penalties against Orlando manufacturer for workplace safety and health violations
TAMPA, Fla. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is proposing $105,000 in penalties against Trussway Ltd.'s Orlando, Fla., plant. An OSHA inspection in December 2008 revealed three repeat, nine serious and seven other-than-serious violations of OSHA standards.
The three repeat violations with $70,000 in proposed fines address hazards associated with improperly guarded radial arm saws; radial arm saws extending past the table edge; and a radial arm saw not returning to its starting position when the handle was released. OSHA cited the company's Acworth, Ga., plant in 2007 for failing to adequately guard the radial saw blades, and it cited the Chandler, Ariz., plant in 2006 for the other two hazards.
The nine serious violations, carrying $35,000 in proposed penalties, address hazards associated with hearing conservation, lockout/tagout of accidental energy start-up, machine guarding, electricity and hazard communication.
The other-than-serious violations address OSHA recordkeeping, personal protective equipment, respiratory protection and lockout/tagout. The agency determined that neither death nor serious physical harm was likely to result from these hazards, so no monetary penalties have been proposed, but the company is required to make the required changes to bring it into compliance with OSHA standards.
"The penalties being proposed are larger because the company had been warned of these violations at two of its locations but chose not to make the needed corrections at all of its plants," said Les Grove, OSHA's area director in Tampa. "We expect companies to be proactive toward worker safety and not wait for an OSHA inspection before coming into compliance."
The company has 15 working days from receipt of the citations to comply, request an informal conference with the OSHA area director in Tampa or contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. The site was inspected by staff from OSHA's area office in Tampa, 5807 Breckenridge Parkway, Suite A; telephone 813-626-1177.
OSHA's mission is to assure the safety and health of America's working men and women by preventing injuries, illnesses and fatalities. OSHA operates a vigorous enforcement program, conducting almost 39,000 inspections and finding nearly 88,000 violations of its standards and regulations in fiscal year 2008.
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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