UUS Labor Department's OSHA cites Mane Inc. for repeat safety and health
violations after follow-up inspection at Milford, Ohio, food flavoring company
MILFORD, Ohio – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Mane Inc. with six safety and health violations after a September follow-up inspection found a repeat violation of OSHA's respiratory protection standards at its food flavoring facility in Milford. Proposed penalties total $55,000.
"Employers who fail to correct previously noted deficiencies show a blatant disregard for worker's safety and health," said Bill Wilkerson, OSHA's area director in Cincinnati. "Employers have a responsibility to take all precautions to maintain a healthful and safe workplace."
One repeat violation was cited for failing to fit test employees for respiratory protection. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously has been cited for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years. A similar violation was cited in 2010.
Five serious violations were cited for failing to store and handle flammable liquids and provide adequate respiratory protection. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.
Mane Inc. has been previously inspected by OSHA two times resulting in seven citations. The company has 15 days from receipt of the citations and proposed penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director or contest the finding before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
To ask questions, obtain compliance assistance, file a complaint, or report 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 Cincinnati Area Office at 513-841-4132.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.
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