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Dec. 8, 2015

Workers exposed to high levels of methylene chloride,
multiple hazards at Colona, Illinois, truck repair facility
I-80 Equipment cited for 33 serious violations, OSHA proposes fines of $133K

COLONA, Ill. - Workers were overexposed to the solvent methylene chloride and other hazards while they reconditioned bucket trucks at a Colona dealership and repair facility, inspectors from the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration found. When workers inhale and absorb the solvent through the skin, it can harm the heart and nervous system.

Following an inspection, OSHA cited I-80 Equipment LLC on Dec. 4, for 33 serious safety and health violations. Proposed penalties total $133,000.

"Proper respiratory protection and monitoring are vital when workers use solvents containing methylene chloride to strip, degrease and clean equipment," said Tom Bielema, OSHA's area director in Peoria. "Employers using chemicals in the workplace must take all precautions to protect the long-term health of workers."

OSHA opened an investigation at the facility after receiving a complaint alleging unsafe working conditions. The agency found numerous violations including the following:

View current citations here*.

I-80 Equipment has 15 business days from receipt of its 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.

To ask questions, obtain compliance assistance, file a complaint, or report amputations, eye loss, 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 Peoria Area Office at 309-589-7033.

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

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Release Number: 15-2324-CHI

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