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October 2, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Ohio Art Supply Manufacturer
For Exposing Employees to Amputation Hazards

FAYETTE, OH - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Larose Industries LLC - which operates as Cra-Z-Art - for continuing to expose employees to amputation hazards. The Fayette, Ohio, art supply manufacturer faces proposed penalties totaling $152,441 for repeated and serious safety violations.

OSHA investigators determined that the company failed to implement and train employees on lockout/tagout procedures, exposed employees to crushing hazards, lacked adequate machine guarding, failed to train workers on safe electrical work practices, and ensure employees wore required personal protective equipment.

The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

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 help 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

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Media Contacts:

Scott Allen, 312-353-4727,
Rhonda Burke, 312-353-6976,

Release Number: 18-1565-CHI

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