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Region 2 News Release: 11-421-NEW (osha 11-023)
March 31, 2011
Contact: Leni Fortson   Joanna Hawkins
Phone: 215-861-5102   215-861-5101
E-mail: uddyback-fortson.lenore@dol.gov   hawkins.joanna@dol.gov

US Labor Department's OSHA cites Trenton, NJ, manufacturing
company for exposing employees to workplace safety hazards

TRENTON, N.J. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited RBC-West Trenton with 19 serious and two other-than-serious violations for exposing employees to a variety of workplace safety hazards. Proposed penalties total $88,200.

OSHA initiated an inspection in November 2010 as part of its Site-Specific Targeting Program, which focuses on industries with high injury and illness rates.

The serious violations include failing to conduct a hazard assessment, provide employees with chemical splash goggles and safety goggles, develop a lockout/tagout program for energy sources, perform required inspections on powered industrial vehicles, perform required inspections of hoist chains and hooks, properly guard machinery, properly mount electrical equipment and label a chemical drum with a required warning. A serious citation is issued when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

The other-than-serious violations are for failing to properly complete the OSHA 300 log of work-related injuries and illnesses, and for using light fixtures that were energized but lacked bulbs and covers, creating a safety hazard. An other-than-serious violation is one that has a direct relationship to job safety and health, but probably would not cause death or serious physical harm.

"Many of the identified violations leave workers exposed to hazards that can cause injury and possible death," said Paula Dixon-Roderick, OSHA's area director in Marlton. "It is vital that the company abate these hazards as soon as possible to ensure a safe work environment for its employees."

RBC-West Trenton, a division of Roller Bearing Co., manufactures bearings for industrial and aerospace industries and employs 112 workers at its Trenton facility.

The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations to comply, ask for an informal conference with OSHA's area director or contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. The investigation was conducted by OSHA's Marlton Area Office; telephone 856-596-5200. To report workplace incidents, fatalities or situations posing imminent danger to workers, call the agency'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.

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