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OSHA News Release – Region 1
U.S. Department of Labor
Region 1 USDL 04-88-BOS /BOS 2004-027
WEd., Feb. 11, 2004
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: (617) 565-2074
$93,600 in Additional Fines Proposed
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A Fairport, N.Y., commercial printer/engraver's failure to correct previously cited occupational health hazards has resulted in an additional $93,600 in fines from the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
OSHA cited Mastercraft Decorators Inc. in April 2003 for violations of OSHA's lead, cadmium, and hazard communication standards. The company was originally fined $3,000 and agreed to correct all cited hazards. OSHA began a follow-up inspection on Oct. 2, 2003, after the company failed to submit proof that the hazards had been corrected.
As a result of the inspection, six "failure to abate" citations, carrying $90,000 in fines, have been issued to Mastercraft for failing to determine if employees were exposed to lead and to cadmium; failing to train employees in lead and cadmium hazards; not providing employees information and training on hazardous chemicals other than cadmium and lead in the workplace, such as lacquer thinners and printing inks; and failing to establish and implement a hazard communication program for employees exposed to hazardous chemicals.
"It's unacceptable when an employer agrees to correct hazardous conditions, then fails to follow through on its commitment," said Art Dube, OSHA's Buffalo area director. "In cases such as this, we will not hesitate to take strong enforcement action on behalf of workers."
Mastercraft was also issued three serious citations for not storing combustible waste material and residues in covered metal receptacles; not using electrical receptacles in accordance with their listing; and not maintaining all surfaces as free as practicable of accumulations of lead. $3,600 in fines is proposed for these items.
The company has 15 business days from receipt of its latest 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 investigation was conducted by OSHA's Buffalo Area Office, located at 5360 Genesee Street, Bowmansville, NY, telephone (716) 684-3891.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is dedicated to saving lives, preventing injuries and illnesses, and protecting America's workers. In fiscal year 2003, OSHA conducted almost 40,000 inspections, and more than half focused on high-hazard industries. 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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