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Region 2 News Release: BOS 2003-179
Tuesday, July 17, 2003
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: (617) 565-2074
ALBANY, N.Y. -- A Saugerties, N.Y., candle manufacturer's failure to address a cross-section of workplace safety hazards has resulted in $45,000 in fines from the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
American Candle Co., Inc., 1033 King's Highway, has been cited for alleged serious and repeat violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act following an OSHA inspection initiated in February, according to John Tomich, OSHA's area director in Albany.
"These are all basic safety concerns for a manufacturing environment, and OSHA's safety and health standards are designed to address them," said Tomich. "Left uncorrected, they expose employees to a wide range of hazards from fires and electrocutions, to falls, hazardous chemicals, eye injuries, and being unable to exit the building swiftly in an emergency."
The company faces $33,600 in fines for 16 alleged serious violations, for aisles and work areas blocked by trash, pallets, and stock; improperly guarded open sided floors; failure to properly mark exits and direction of travel to exits; storage of flammable liquids in an unapproved container; excess storage of flammable liquids outside a proper storage room or building; improper storage of combustible liquids; improper storage of oxygen and acetylene containers; flexible cords used in place of fixed wiring; damaged electrical cables; and several instances of unguarded or inadequately guarded moving machine parts.
An additional $11,400 in fines are proposed for four alleged repeat violations encompassing blocked access to exits; failure to establish a procedure to prevent the unexpected startup of machinery during maintenance; excess air pressure in a compressed air hose used for cleaning; and failure to develop, implement and maintain a written hazard communication to inform employees of the hazardous chemicals with which they work.
American Candle Co., Inc. has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and penalties to comply with them, to request and participate in an informal conference with the OSHA area director, and/or contest them before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. OSHA's Albany area office conducted the inspection. It is located at 401 New Karner Road; telephone (518) 4646742.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is dedicated to saving lives, preventing injuries and illnesses, and protecting America's workers. Safety and health add value to business, the workplace and life. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
The information in this release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: (617) 565-2072. TDD (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf) Message Referral Phone: 800-347-8029.
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