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OSHA News Release – Region 2
U.S. Department of Labor
Region 2 News Release: NY 129
April 17, 2001
Contact: Chester J. Fultz
VALLEY COTTAGE, NEW YORK TOFU MANUFACTURER CITED BY OSHA
$142,500 IN PENALTIES PROPOSED
NEW YORK -- The U. S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Global Protein Foods, Inc., of 707 Executive Blvd, Valley Cottage, NY, and proposed penalties of $142,500 against the firm, alleging three willful, seven serious, and one alleged other-than-serious violation of OSHA standards.
The citations result from an inspection of the company's facilities conducted from Oct. 19, 2000, through Jan. 3, 2001, following a complaint of unsafe working conditions, according to Philip Piest, OSHA area director in Tarrytown.
OSHA cited the company for three alleged willful violations:
- failure to ensure that employees used appropriate eye protection and failure to provide an eye wash for employees.
- failure to properly guard machinery.
- failure to kept exit areas free from obstructions.
The company also received seven OSHA citations for alleged serious violations:
- failure to maintain floors in as dry a condition as possible.
- failure to keep aisles in good repair.
- failure to properly store oxygen and acetylene cylinders.
- failure to provide unobstructed access to circuit breaker panels.
- failure to provide covers for electrical boxes.
- failure to keep an outside exit area free from ice.
- failure to develop, implement and maintain a hazard communication program.
In addition, the company received a citation for not providing hand soap in the lavatories, an alleged other-than-serious violation.
A willful violation is defined by OSHA as one committed with an intentional disregard for, or plain indifference to, the requirements of the OSH act and regulations. A repeat violation is defined as a condition which exists where there is a substantial probability that death or serious physical harm can result. An other-than-serious violation is a hazardous condition that would probably not cause death or serious physical harm, but would have a direct and immediate relationship to the safety and health of employees.
The inspection was conducted by OSHA's Tarrytown area office, located at 660 White Plains Road, Tarrytown, N.Y. Telephone: (914) 524-7510.
The company has until May 7 to contest the citations.
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