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OSHA News Release – Region 5
U.S. Department of Labor
Region 5 News Release 04-68-CHI
February 24, 2004
Contact: Brad Mitchell
Phone: (312) 353-6976
CINCINNATI, Ohio -- A Springfield, Ohio business, Fuel Systems LLC, is facing serious and repeat citations and $105,500 in proposed fines from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor, the agency announced today.
OSHA levied penalties for repeated violations of the federal workplace safety and health regulations after determining that the fuel tank supplier failed to correct several hazards identified in a previous inspection. Among those hazards are a lack of training on the hazards of hydrofluoric acid, a lack of protective gear for workers handling the acid and the lack of an emergency eyewash facility where the acid is handled. Repeat violations were also issued for exit route obstructions and the lack of stair rails. Serious and other cited violations included the storage of oxygen and acetylene cylinders, hazardous labeling, and missing material safety data sheets.
"This company was told in 2002 of the problems in its safety and health program and of the risk to workers," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao. "OSHA's first commitment is to protect workers from tragic workplace accidents and debilitating exposure to chemicals. We stand ready to assist employers to make their workplaces safe, but we will fully enforce standards when we must."
OSHA inspected the Springfield facility as a follow-up to a comprehensive inspection conducted in August, 2002, during which many of the same violations were discovered. That inspection resulted in penalties totaling $45,800. OSHA Area Director Richard Gilgrist, Cincinnati, said that about 126 workers are employed in the Springfield plant, and that Fuel Systems LLC has eight plants nationwide.
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