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Region 2 News Release:     04-575 (OSHA 04-041)
April 8, 2004
Contact: Kate Dugan
Office: (215) 861-5101


Camden, N.J. Plating Company Cited for Failing to Follow Worker Safety and Health Laws; Penalty of $162,000 is Proposed

CAMDEN, N.J. -- The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed $162,000 in fines for C.W.S. Industries, an electroplating company, in Camden, N.J. for allegedly failing to protect workers from hazardous conditions identified by OSHA during several inspections since 2002.

The company received four failure-to-abate and three repeat violations for exposing their employees to hazards associated with cadmium, nickel, silver and other electroplating solutions used to plate metal parts.

"To ensure that injury and illness rates continue to decline, we must make sure that employers correct workplace hazards," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao. "The significant penalty of $162,000 in the case demonstrates this Administration's commitment to protecting the health and safety of American workers."

Other violations include tripping hazards around an open drainage pit containing corrosive chemicals; lack of personal protective equipment such as face shields and chemical safety goggles; lack of an emergency shower for employees working around the dipping tank; several electrical violations; only one means of egress and missing labels listing contents of hazardous chemicals on storage drums. OSHA has cited the company numerous times since 1991 and the company has failed to correct the identified hazards despite OSHA's offer of compliance assistance.

The inspection was conducted by OSHA's area office in Marlton, N.J. The company has 15 working days from receipt of the citations to contest the proposed citations and penalties 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 2002 levels; more than half focused on high-hazard industries. For more information, visit www.osha.gov. The Department of Labor's OSHA is dedicated to saving lives, preventing injuries and illnesses and protecting the safety and health of America's workers.



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