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Region 5 News Release 04-1139-CHI
Date: July 13, 2004
Contact: Brad Mitchell
Phone: (312) 353-6976


North Ridgeville, Ohio, Plastics Company Assessed $123,450 in Proposed Penalties for Alleged Willful and Serious Workplace Safety Violations

TOLEDO, Ohio -- The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued citations and proposed penalties to Plastic Components Inc. of North Ridgeville, Ohio, for a variety of alleged workplace safety violations that posed threats to workers.

"Strong enforcement has been one of the keys to this Administration's success in reducing workplace injuries and illnesses to record low levels," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao. "The significant penalty of $123,450 in this case demonstrates our commitment to protecting the health and safety of American workers."

The penalty and OSHA citations are based on an inspection initiated in January 2004 following a formal complaint about hazards at the custom plastic molding manufacturing and assembly plant. During that inspection, OSHA officials determined that injury trends indicated a high incidence of hand and finger lacerations.

As a result of that inspection, OSHA issued citations for 11 alleged serious violations and two alleged willful violations of federal workplace safety and health regulations. Serious violations included allegations of absent machine guarding, operation of defective forklift trucks, and failure to require and enforce the use of eye, face and hand protection, among others. Alleged willful violations addressed obstructed emergency exits, work areas, and aisles used for pedestrian and mechanical equipment traffic.

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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