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Region 5 News Release 04-1486-CHI
Date: Aug. 6, 2004
Contact: Brad Mitchell
Phone: (312) 353-6976
For Federal Workplace Safety Violations
CHICAGO -- Field Container Company, L.P., headquartered in Elk Grove Village, Ill., is facing proposed penalties of $137,500 following an investigation into alleged workplace safety violations at its Marseilles, Ill., facility, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced today.
"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 $137,500 in this case demonstrates our commitment to protecting the health and safety of American workers."
Field Container Company received citations for alleged serious and willful violations of federal workplace safety standards. Alleged serious violations included deficiencies related to the storage of flammable liquids and an inadequate flammable liquid storage room, as well as failing to train workers in hazard communication. Alleged willful violations address improper electrical wiring and equipment, and inadequate ventilation.
OSHA initiated its investigation of the Marseilles plant following receipt of a formal complaint. Field Container Company employs more than 2,000 workers at 13 plants nationwide, including more than 100 in Marseilles, Ill.
The company has 15 working days from receipt of the citations to appeal before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
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