January 23, 2007
Contact: Scott Allen
Department of Labor's OSHA Proposes $140,000 in Penalties
MT. HOPE, Ohio -- The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed $140,000 in fines against Wayne Dalton Corp., an international distributor of overhead and entry doors, for alleged willful violations of federal workplace safety and health standards.
OSHA opened an inspection in August 2006 after receiving a complaint alleging that one of the employees had his left arm amputated while operating a mandrel winder. Three willful citations with proposed penalties totaling $140,000 were issued against Wayne Dalton Corp. for exposing employees to potential harm due to lack of proper machine guarding.
"The health and safety of workers is OSHA's number one concern and should be for all employers," said OSHA Area Director Deborah Zubaty. "As in this case, any safety violation has the potential to cause serious harm or death to employees. We're here to identify serious hazards and ensure quick correction."
Wayne Dalton Corp. was inspected by OSHA three times in the past three years and received citations for inadequate machine guarding in all of those inspections. The company has 15 working days from receipt of the current citations to appeal before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to assure 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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