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Region 5 News Release: 11-1390-CHI
Oct. 5, 2011
Contact: Scott Allen      Rhonda Burke
Phone: 312-353-6976       312-353-4807
Email: allen.scott@dol.gov      burke.rhonda@dol.gov

US Department of Labor's OSHA cites Karyall Teleday in Brooklyn, Ohio,
for respirable dust hazards and other violations; fines total $58,800

BROOKLYN, Ohio – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Karyall Teleday Co. of Brooklyn, Ohio, for 17 serious safety and health violations, including overexposure of employees to respirable dust and failing to provide them personal protective equipment. The company faces $58,800 in proposed fines following an inspection conducted under OSHA's local emphasis program on the primary metals industry.

"Failing to provide appropriate personal protective equipment and monitoring workers for exposure to hazards such as respirable and combustible dust puts them at an unacceptable risk for injury and illness," said Howard Eberts, OSHA's area director in Cleveland. "Employers have a responsibility to ensure that work environments are healthful and safe."

The violations involve overexposure to respirable dust, exposure to combustible dust, a lack of mandatory respirator training, a lack of fit-testing and medical evaluations for respirator use, various electrical violations, not providing proper guards on various machines to protect employees, failing to develop lockout/tagout procedures for machinery to prevent equipment from becoming energized unintentionally, not providing personal protective equipment, and not providing fork truck 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.

Karyall Teleday Co. produces metal containers, wire baskets and a variety of sheet metal products. The company 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.

To ask questions, obtain compliance assistance, file a complaint, or report workplace hospitalizations, fatalities or situations posing imminent danger to workers, the public should call OSHA's toll-free hotline at 800-321-OSHA (6742) or the agency's Cleveland Area Office at 216-615-4266.

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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