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Region 2 03-825-NEW/BOS 2003-331
Thursday, Jan. 15, 2003
Contact: John M. Chavez
Phone: (617) 565-2075
Inspection Was Part of Targeted Enforcement Program
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- A Frankfort, N.Y., manufacturer's alleged failure to address machine guarding, electrical and other safety hazards has resulted in $54,200 in fines from the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Union Tools, Inc., of 4167 Acme Rd., has been cited for alleged serious and repeat violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) following a comprehensive safety inspection conducted from November 18th to December 5th 2003 by OSHA's Syracuse area office. The inspection was conducted under OSHA's Site Specific Targeting Program, which inspects facilities with high injury and illness rates
"This enforcement action is part of the Department of Labor's innovative approach to protecting the safety and security of American workers," said Diane Brayden, OSHA's area director in Syracuse. "This approach targets significant violations in order to direct our resources where they can be most effective. It has yielded a national increase of 11 percent last year in citations for serious violations."
Five repeat citations, carrying $40,200 in proposed fines, were issued for failure to guard ingoing nip points on conveyors and a power press; inadequate point-of-operation guarding on power presses; failure to guard a belt and a pulley; failure to assure electrical grounding of equipment; and failure to cover or guard an open floor drain. OSHA issues a repeat citation when an employer previously has been cited for a substantially similar hazard and the citations have become final. OSHA cited Union Tools in 2000 for similar hazards at the company's Frankfort plant.
Eight serious citations, with $14,000 in proposed fines, were also issued. They concern the company's failure to provide adequate guarding on a saw, a fan, a rotating shaft coupling, and a portable grinder; exposed live electrical parts; a frayed electrical cord; broken or damaged electrical conduit; failure to use electrical lockout equipment; and a broken ladder. OSHA defines a serious violation as one in which there is a substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result, and the employer knew, or should have known, of the hazard.
OSHA's Syracuse area office conducted the inspection. Its telephone number is (315) 451-0808.
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