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Region 5 News Release USDL 04-1819-CHI
Oct. 4, 2004
Contact: Brad Mitchell
(312) 353-6976


Suburban Chicago Company Penalized $114,300 for Willful and Serious Workplace Safety Violations

CHICAGO -- The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued citations and proposed penalties to Durable, Inc., 750 Northgate Parkway, Wheeling, Ill., for a variety of workplace safety violations that pose a threat to workers.

"Strong enforcement is a key part of this Administration's efforts to reduce workplace injuries and illnesses," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao. "The significant penalty of $114,300 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 April 2004, following a complaint about hazards at the metal container manufacturing plant. The inspection revealed that workers faced the possibility of amputations and other serious injuries as a result of violations of workplace safety regulations.

Specifically, OSHA issued citations for 16 alleged serious violations and one alleged willful violation of federal workplace safety and health regulations. Serious violations included allegations of a wide range of hazards associated with machine guarding and accidental operation, as well as the lack of specific training. The alleged willful violation charged the company with failing to provide training so that employees fully understood the function and purpose of the energy control program.

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. 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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