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Region 4 News Release
Release Number: 04-867-ATL (110)
May 26, 2004
Contact: Luis Santiago   Jo Anne Burgoyne
Phone: (954) 424-0242   (404) 562-2076
Agency Proposes $42,000 in Penalties
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla -- The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Square One Armoring Co., and proposed penalties totaling $42,000, for failing to abate safety hazards cited during a July inspection of one of the company's Miami shops.
After the company failed to notify OSHA that cited hazards had been corrected, the agency conducted a follow-up inspection on April 14 at the 1435 NW 82nd Ave. location. During the inspection, the OSHA investigator observed that the company had failed to install machine guards and had not implemented or maintained a written hazard communication program.
"This company continued to expose workers to serious risks of amputation and hearing loss after the hazardous conditions and the need for abatement were brought to their attention," said Luis Santiago, OSHA's Ft. Lauderdale area director.
OSHA issued two citations for alleged failure-to-abate violations, with proposed penalties of $36,000, for failing to install a guard on a bench grinder, and for not implementing and maintaining a written communication program for employees exposed to chemicals.
The company also received a repeat citation, with a proposed penalty of $6,000, for failing to install guards on chop saws. The agency issues a repeat citation when an employer has been cited previously for a substantially similar condition and that citation has become a final order of the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
The company, which re-fits vehicles with armored or protective plating, has 15 working days to contest the citations and proposed penalties before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. The work site was inspected by staff from OSHA's Ft. Lauderdale area office located at Jacaranda Executive Court, Building H-100, 8040 Peters Rd.; phone: (954) 424-0242.
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's role is to assure the safety and health of America's workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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