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OSHA News Release – Region 1
U.S. Department of Labor
Region 1 BOS 2003-066
April 17, 2003
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: (617) 565-2074
$112,000 in Fines for Southington, Conn., Cabinet Manufacturer
HARTFORD, Conn. -- A Southington, Conn., cabinet manufacturer's failure to address a wide range of safety and health hazards has resulted in $112,000 in fines from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor.
Les-Care Kitchens, Inc. has been cited for thirty alleged serious and repeat violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act at its 95 Spring St. plant following an inspection conducted under a targeting program that directs OSHA to workplaces with higher-than-average numbers of workdays lost to injuries or illnesses.
The largest fines, $65,000, are proposed for six alleged repeat violations for failing to assess workplace hazards to determine if employees required personal protective equipment and training; failing to develop and train workers in machine-specific lockout procedures; ungrounded electrical wiring and equipment; failing to provide annual bloodborne pathogen training; no written hazard communication program and training; and illegible warning plates on forklifts.
According to Thomas Guilmartin, OSHA's Hartford area director, these citations were classified as repeat because OSHA had cited Les-Care Kitchens for substantially similar hazards at the firm's Waterbury, Conn., production facility in July 2002.
The inspection also identified 24 alleged serious violations for which additional fines of $47,000 are proposed. These citations encompass machine guarding, electrical and fall hazards; locked and blocked exit doors; defective forklifts; lack of an eyewash station; and deficiencies in required hearing conservation programs, bloodborne pathogens, personal protective equipment and confined space hazards
Les-Care Kitchens has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and proposed penalties to either elect to comply with them, to request and participate in an informal conference with the OSHA area director, or to contest them before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. The OSHA Area Office in Hartford, Conn conducted the inspection. The telephone number is 860-240-3152.
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