Region 5 News Release: 11-630-CHI
May 11, 2011
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US Department of Labor's OSHA cites Bill Smith Auto Parts
of Urbana, Ill., for 20 safety and health violations; fines total $49,000
URBANA, Ill. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Bill Smith Auto Parts Inc. of Urbana for 14 safety and six health violations for exposing workers to equipment hazards and failing to implement health programs for respiratory protection. The company faces fines of $49,000 as a result of a January inspection.
"This company failed to take basic precautions such as installing machine guarding, properly maintaining powered industrial trucks and ensuring the proper storage of potentially hazardous materials," said Tom Bielema, director for OSHA's Peoria Area Office. "Employers are responsible for knowing what hazards exist in their facilities and for following OSHA standards to ensure the safety and health of their workers."
Thirteen serious safety violations include a lack of guarding on open-sided floors; a lack of a work rest on grinder machinery; failing to properly store compressed gas cylinders; modifying powered industrial trucks for noncertified uses; not providing guarding on pulleys and other equipment lower than 7 feet from the floor to prevent struck-by hazards; and not removing damaged cords and electrical equipment from use.
Five serious health violations include failing to have a written respirator program, develop and implement a hazardous communications program, mark hazardous material containers properly, have material data safety sheets available for hazardous materials in use and conduct hazardous chemical training. A serious violation occurs 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.
One other-than-serious safety violation was cited for unsanitary conditions in restrooms, and one other-than-serious health violation was cited for failing to post visible "no smoking" signs in areas where flammable materials were present. An other-than-serious citation is one that has a direct relationship to job safety and health, but probably would not cause death or serious physical harm.
Bill Smith Auto Parts Inc. has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and 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. Employers and employees with questions regarding workplace safety and health standards can call OSHA's Peoria office at 309-589-7033. 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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