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OSHA News Release – Region 3
U.S. Department of Labor
Region 3 News Release: 04-33-PHI (osha 001)
Date: Tues., Jan. 13, 2004
Contact: Leni Uddyback-Fortson
Office: (215) 861-5102
GLASSPORT, Pa. -- Multiple repeat violations involving overhead cranes at Allegheny Rebar Incorporated have prompted the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration to cite the Glassport, Pa. company for alleged safety and health violations and to propose $171,300 in penalties. The company employs 30 workers.
OSHA initiated an inspection in July 2003 in response to a complaint after an employee received an electrical shock while working on an electrical control panel. Citations were issued for 41 alleged repeat violations, with a penalty of $141,600; 18 alleged serious violations, with a proposed penalty of $29,700; and three other-than-serious violations, which carry no penalty.
"The Labor Department's significant fine of $171,300 sends a clear message that this Administration will not tolerate the violation of safety standards designed to protect workers," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao.
Repeat violations include the company's failure to implement a maintenance program for overhead cranes in the facility based on the crane manufacturer's specifications; failure to make repairs and/or provide replacements for defective overhead cranes; failure to mark the rated load on overhead cranes; failure to guard moving parts and electrical parts on overhead cranes; failure to provide bridge brakes and warning alarms on two overhead cranes; failure to install a standard railing on overhead cranes; and failure to inspect overhead crane hooks and running ropes.
OSHA cited the company in January 2003 for violations of the same standard or the same hazards.
Alleged serious violations include unprotected electrical conductors entering boxes; open electrical boxes; lack of electrical weatherproof boxes in wet locations; improper use of flexible cords; the improper storage of diesel fuel tanks, improper lock out/tag out implementation (prevents inadvertent machine start-ups); defective mobile cranes, unguarded machinery; and unsecured storage of oxygen cylinders
Serious violations are those in which a substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.
The company has 15 working days from the receipt of the citations to decide to comply, to request an informal conference with the OSHA area director, or to contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission
The Pittsburgh OSHA Office, Federal Building-Room 1428, 1000 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15222, conducted the inspection. Phone: (412) 395-4903. 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.
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