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Region 5 News Release: 10-1441-CHI
Dec. 15, 2010
Contact: Rhonda Burke       Scott Allen
Phone: 312-353-6976       312-353-4727
E-mail: burke.rhonda@dol.gov       allen.scott@dol.gov

US Labor Department's OSHA issues notices of unsafe working conditions to
Mansfield-Lahm Regional Airport for safety hazards

MANSFIELD, Ohio – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued Notices of Unsafe or Unhealthful Working Conditions to the Federal Aviation Administration's Mansfield-Lahm Regional Airport for 13 violations including one serious notice for failing to provide a diagram of designated emergency egress routes as required in the airport traffic control tower.

The OSHA inspection was conducted June 15th, as part of the Airport Air Traffic Control Tower Monitoring Program. In addition to the serious violation, OSHA's inspection cited five repeat and seven other-than-serious violations at the facility.

"The FAA failed to properly ensure this facility is in compliance with established safety procedures and to train workers for emergency actions," said OSHA Area Director Jule Hovi in Toledo. "By ignoring safety procedures and training, the FAA is inviting tragedy into the lives of their workers."

Repeat violations include notices for not ensuring fire stops were used to prevent an unintentional path for smoke and fire, failing to update the facility compliance programs as annually required, failing to implement a hazard communication program in the workplace and not making a facility emergency action plan and fire prevention plan available for review and use by employees. A repeat OSHA notice is issued if the Federal Agency had been cited previously for the same or a substantially similar condition and if OSHA regionwide inspection history for the agency lists a previous notice issued within the past three years. The FAA was previously cited in 2009 for similar violations at other sites in the region.

The seven other-than-serious violations include not properly recording injuries and illness on the OSHA 300 and 301 Logs in a timely manner, failing to providing accurate records for inspectors, failing to maintain material data sheets, failing to implement a facility fire drill training program, and not using proper ladders.

As required by the Occupational Safety and Health Act, Federal agencies must comply with the same safety standards as private sector employers. The federal agency equivalent to a private sector citation is the Notice of Unsafe and Unhealthful Working Conditions (commonly called the Notice). The OSHA Notice is used to inform establishment officials of violations of OSHA standards, alternate standards and 29 CFR citable program elements. OSHA cannot propose monetary penalties against another federal agency for failure to comply with OSHA standards.

The FAA has 15 business days from receipt of the notices to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director. This inspection was conducted by OSHA's Toledo Area Office; telephone 419-259-7542. To report workplace accidents, fatalities or situations posing imminent danger to workers, call OSHA's toll-free hotline at 800-321-6742.

Under Section 19 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 and Executive Order 12196, the head of each agency is responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHAs role is to assure these conditions for all Federal employees by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.

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