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Region 5 News Release 04-2555-chi
December 30, 2004
Contact: Brad Mitchell
Phone: (312) 353-6976
PEORIA -- Chem-Cast Ltd., a manufacturer of sand cores in Danville, Ill., has been fined $119,000 by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for alleged violations of workplace safety standards following an inspection at the facility in July 2004.
"Strong enforcement is a key part of this Administration's efforts to reduce workplace injuries and illnesses," said Michael Connors, OSHA's regional administrator in Chicago. "The significant penalty of $119,000 in this case demonstrates our commitment to protecting the health and safety of America's workers."
OSHA issued willful citations to Chem-Cast for failing to lockout machinery during cleaning operations and tooling changes, and for failing to guard machinery to prevent workers from being injured by moving parts. Two citations categorized as serious alleged that the company did not provide training in the use of energy control devices and failed to conduct annual or more frequent inspections of the energy control procedure. Machine guarding deficiencies and failing to lockout machinery during maintenance or other servicing activities are among the leading causes of amputations and can result in fatal accidents.
The company has 15 working days from receipt of the citations to appeal before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
Employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for their employees. 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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