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OSHA News Release – Region 1
U.S. Department of Labor
Region 1 BOS 2002-189
Sept. 10, 2002
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: (617) 565-2074
against Newington, Conn., Pipe Manufacturer
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Numerous electrical, machine guarding and other safety and health hazards have resulted in $105,775 in proposed fines for a Newington, Conn. manufacturer of plumbing pipes and accessories.
Keeney Manufacturing Company, of 1170 Main St., has been cited by the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for alleged serious and repeat violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
The citations follow an inspection conducted by OSHA under a program that focuses on workplaces with a higher than average number of workdays lost due to injury or illness.
"The inspection identified a broad cross-section of safety and health hazards that expose employees to the dangers of electrocution, falls, crushing injuries, being caught in moving machine parts, asphyxiation, lead exposure and hearing loss, if left uncorrected," said Thomas Guilmartin, OSHA's area director in Hartford.
The serious citations, which account for $70,775 of the proposed fines, were issued for numerous instances of unguarded or inadequately guarded machinery, several instances of electrical hazards, the ongoing use of a defective lifting hook, inadequate cleaning of lead accumulations and various deficiencies in the company's hearing conservation, respiratory protection, confined space entry and hazard communication programs.
A $35,000 fine is proposed for the repeat citation that was issued for inadequate point of operation guarding on a cutoff saw. OSHA had cited the company for a substantially similar violation in 1999 after a worker's finger was amputated by an unguarded cutoff saw.
Keeney Manufacturing Company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and proposed penalties to either elect to comply with them, to request and participate in an informal conference with the OSHA area director, or to contest them before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
The inspection was conducted by OSHA's Hartford Area Office. The telephone number is (860) 240-3152.
The information in this release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: (617) 565-2072. TDD (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf) Message Referral Phone: 800-347-8029.
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