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Region 3 News Release: Release Number: 05-1075-PHI (osha 05-069)
Date: June 20, 2005
Contact: Kate Dugan
Phone: (215) 861-5101
PHILADELPHIA -- The electrocution death of a worker who came in contact with a 10,000 volt power supply at a Malvern, Pa. semiconductor manufacturing plant has resulted in $174,250 in proposed fines against the employer.
The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Silicon Power Corporation for alleged willful and serious violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act following the Dec. 17, 2004 fatal accident.
Four willful violations, with a proposed penalty of $168,000, and three serious violations carrying a penalty of $6,250 have been issued, according to Phyllis Kyner, area director of the Philadelphia OSHA office.
"The willful violations address the company's failure to properly guard high voltage equipment and employ safe practices," said Kyner. "Basic safety precautions were ignored at this jobsite, and tragically, a person lost his life."
A willful violation is one committed with an intentional disregard of, or plain indifference to, the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
The three serious violations address deficiencies in the employer's safety-related work practices and associated training. OSHA issues a serious citation when there is a substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result and the employer knew, or should have known, of the hazard.
The company has 15 working days from receipt of the citations and proposed penalties to comply with them, to request and participate in an informal conference with the OSHA area director, or to contest the citations before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
The inspection was conducted by OSHA's Philadelphia area office, 2nd and Chestnut St., Room 242, telephone 215-597-4955.
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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