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OSHA News Release – Region 4
U.S. Department of Labor
Region 4 News Release: 07-1309-ATL (234)
Sept. 4, 2007
Contact: Dan Fuqua Michael Wald
Phone: (404) 562-2078 (404) 562-2076
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed penalties of $67,650 against Glasswall LLC for 26 serious safety violations found at its Miami aluminum window manufacturing plant.
Inspectors visited the facility in March as part of OSHA's Site-Specific Targeting Program, which targets the nation's most hazardous workplaces for inspection based on their histories of having high numbers of injury and illness cases.
"Our inspection of the company showed numerous problems which indicated a lack of attention to safety," said Darlene Fossum, OSHA's area director in Fort Lauderdale. "Employers are offered assistance when they are identified with high injuries and illness rates. This employer failed to take any corrective actions until we entered the facility to conduct our inspection."
OSHA found exit doors obstructed and unmarked, employees not wearing eye protection, machines lacking safety guards, forklifts in poor repair being used by untrained operators and extension cords being used inappropriately. In addition, the plant was cited for not maintaining the mandatory OSHA 300 Log, which employers must maintain to track work-related injuries and illnesses.
The company has 15 working days from receipt of the citations to contest them and the proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. The site was inspected by staff from OSHA's Fort Lauderdale Area Office, 8040 Peters Road, Building H-100, telephone (954) 424-0242.
OSHA's mission is to assure the safety and health of America's working men and women by preventing injuries, illnesses and fatalities. The agency has a vigorous enforcement program, having conducted more than 38,000 inspections last year and exceeding its inspection goals in each of the last seven years. In fiscal year 2006, OSHA found nearly 84,000 violations of its standards and regulations.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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