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Region 5 News Release 04-567-CHI
April 1, 2004
Contact: Brad Mitchell
Phone: (312) 353-6976


Inattention to Workplace Safety Leads to $84,750 Fine for Chicago Furniture Manufacturer

CHICAGO -- A Chicago southside company is facing $84,750 in fines following an inspection by the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that allegedly revealed serious and willful workplace hazards.

OSHA opened its investigation at Belcino, Inc., 3951 S. Canal, Chicago, following receipt of a formal complaint. OSHA has alleged serious safety violations including machine guarding issues, electrical hazards and potential fall problems. Serious workplace health violations were alleged for noise, control of wood dust and potential explosion hazards.

OSHA issued alleged willful violations for over-exposures to wood dust and deficiencies in the company's "lockout/tagout" program to ensure that machinery does not start up accidentally when workers are performing repairs or maintenance.

"Belcino, Inc. has had 11 previous OSHA inspections since 1987," said OSHA Area Director Gary Anderson, Calumet City. "Continuing problems with machinery lockout hazards and with over-exposure to wood dust must be addressed at this facility to ensure the safety of the roughly 40 men and women working there."

The company has 15 working days from receipt of the citations to appeal before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

In fiscal year 2003, OSHA conducted almost 40,000 inspections, an increase of more than 2,000 inspections over FY 2002 levels; more than half focused on high-hazard industries. For more information, visit www.osha.gov. The Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is dedicated to saving lives, preventing injuries and illnesses and protecting the health and safety of America's workers.


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