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Region 8 News Release: 11-277-DEN
March 9, 2011
Contact: Rich Kulczewski
US Department of Labor's OSHA cites Evraz Rocky Mountain Steel in
Pueblo, Colo., for safety violations following inspection of seamless tube mill
Proposed penalties total nearly $50,000
DENVER – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Evraz Rocky Mountain Steel in Pueblo alleging one repeat, five serious and two other-than-serious violations following a safety inspection of the company's seamless tube mill. Proposed fines total $49,900.
The repeat violation involves employee exposure to amputation hazards from rotating machine parts. A repeat citation is issued when an employer previously has been cited for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facilities in federal enforcement states within the last five years. Evraz was cited for a similar hazard in July 2009.
The serious violations involve failing to properly implement a lockout/tagout program for energy sources, provide adequate guarding of belts and pulleys, provide proper storage of flammable materials and protect workers from exposure to electrical hazards. An OSHA violation is serious if death or serious physical harm can result from a hazard an employer knew or should have known exists.
The other-than-serious violations involve the employer's failure to maintain fire extinguishers and material safety data sheets. An other-than-serious violation has a direct relationship to job safety and health, but probably would not cause death or serious physical harm.
"Evraz failed to provide its employees with a safe and healthful workplace," said John Healy, OSHA area office director in Englewood. "The hazards uncovered during this investigation are well recognized in the industry."
The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and proposed penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. The inspection was conducted by OSHA's Englewood Area Office; telephone 303-843-4500. To report workplace incidents, fatalities or situations posing imminent danger to workers, call OSHA's toll-free hotline at 800-321-OSHA (6742).
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 ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.
U.S. Department of Labor news materials are accessible at http://www.dol.gov. The information above is available in large print, Braille, audio tape or disc from the COAST office upon request by calling 202-693-7828 or TTY 202-693-7755.
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