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OSHA News Release – Region 5
U.S. Department of Labor
Region 5 News Release: 05-914-Chi
Date: June 13, 2005
Contact: Brad Mitchell
TOLEDO -- The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Pilkington North America, Inc., a glass windshield manufacturer located in Rossford, Ohio, following a January 2005 inspection concerning workplace safety and health issues, the agency announced today.
"Strong enforcement is a key part of OSHA's efforts to reduce workplace injuries and illnesses," said Jule Jones, OSHA Area Director in Toledo. "The significant penalty of $105,300 in this case demonstrates our commitment to protecting the health and safety of America's workers."
OSHA opened its inspection after receiving a complaint alleging machine guarding and electrical hazards at the plant. The inspection resulted in citations alleging ten serious and one willful violation of federal workplace safety regulations.
OSHA issued citations for alleged serious violations relating to electrical hazards, lockout/tagout issues, and machine guarding deficiencies. The willful violations alleges that the company allowed and instructed workers to bypass machine guarding during tooling adjustments on a hydraulic press, while the press and related machinery were running.
Willful violations are those committed with an intentional disregard or plain indifference to the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. A serious citation is issued when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.
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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