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Region 3 News Release:     04-1811-PHL (osha 128)
Wed., Sept. 15, 2004
Contact: Kate Dugan
Office: (215) 861-5101


Unguarded Machinery Results in $113,000 Proposed Penalty For Mt. Pocono Envelope Manufacturer

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued citations to a Mt. Pocono, Penn., envelope manufacturer for alleged safety violations that placed employees at risk of being injured by machinery and electrical equipment.

OSHA cited United Envelope, LLC, doing business as Huxley Envelope, for one willful, 18 serious, and four other alleged violations following an inspection initiated in March 2004. The company has been inspected three times since 1996.

"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 $113,000 in this case demonstrates our commitment to protecting the health and safety of America's workers."

OSHA is proposing a $70,000 penalty for one alleged willful violation for failure to ensure that employees are protected from hazards associated with rotating parts of unguarded machinery. The penalty is the maximum fine allowed by law. The serious violations, covering a variety of hazards associated with machine guarding and electrical violations, carry a penalty of $43,000.

A willful violation is cited when an employer has shown plain indifference to or intentional disregard of OSHA standards. A serious citation is issued when death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

Huxley Envelope has 15 working days from receipt of the citations and fines to request and participate in an informal conference with OSHA or to appeal them before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. OSHA's Wilkes-Barre Office, located at the Stegmaier Building, Suite 410, 7 North Wilkes-Barre Blvd., conducted the inspection. Telephone (570) 826-6538.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration conducted almost 40,000 inspections in fiscal year 2003, an increase of more than 2,000 over FY 2002 inspection 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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