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Region 5 News Release 04-733-CHI
April 27, 2004
Contact: Brad Mitchell
Phone: (312) 353-6976
PEORIA, Ill. -- The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced proposed fines totaling $58,500 at the AMEREN-CIPS Cofeen Power Plant in Cofeen, Ill., following the investigation into the death of a commercial diver at the facility in October 2003.
In citations accompanying the proposed penalties, OSHA alleged multiple violations of confined space entry and energy control procedures of federal workplace safety standards. The worker, an employee of Lindahl Marine Contractors, Romeoville, Ill., was performing maintenance for the power plant on the intake circulating water systems at the time of his death.
The investigation was conducted by OSHA's Peoria area office. 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, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration 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. OSHA is dedicated to saving lives, preventing injuries and illnesses and promoting the health and safety of America's workers. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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