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OSHA News Release – Region 5
U.S. Department of Labor
Region 5 News Release USDL 04-1752-CHI
Date: September 20, 2004
Contact: Juan Solano
Phone: (312) 353-6976
CHICAGO -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued citations and proposed penalties of $56,000 to PIPCO Companies LTD following an investigation into alleged workplace health and safety violations at a worksite in Washburn, Ill.
Barry Salerno, OSHA's acting area director in Peoria, said that PIPCO Companies LTD was installing a sanitary sewer system when OSHA conducted an inspection in response to a complaint that employees were working in an excavation and were not protected from cave-in hazards.
OSHA issued one citation alleging a willful violation of safety standards for not providing protection from a possible cave-in. OSHA defines a willful violation as one committed with an intentional disregard of, or plain indifference to, the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Act and regulations.
PIPCO Companies, LTD has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and proposed penalties to request an informal conference with the OSHA area director, or to contest them 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. 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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