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Region 6 News Release: USDL-OSHA-99-61-5-18
Tuesday, May 18, 1999
Contact: Diana Petterson or Beverly Sepulveda
PHONE : (214) 767-4776, ext. 222 or 221
OSHA PROPOSES $87,000 PENALTY AGAINST SPIRIT HOMES, INC. OF CONWAY, ARKANSAS
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Spirit Homes, Inc., Conway, Ark., with a proposed penalty of $87,000 for alleged safety and health violations as the result of a complaint inspection concerning working conditions, announced the U.S. Department of Labor.
Spirit Homes, Inc., which employs approximately 500 employees at its facility at 830 McNutt Road in Conway manufactures mobile homes.
According to Paul J. Hansen, Jr., OSHA area director in Little Rock, the alleged violations were discovered during an inspection conducted between December, 1998, and April 4, 1999. The company was cited for two serious violations, one willful violation, one Repeat violation, and three other-than-serious violations.
The serious violation consisted of the following:
- Failure to provide proper fall protection for employees working on elevated surfaces
- Failure to insure employee's use of protective helmets
The willful violation resulted from the failure to provide fall protection for employees working from scaffolds.
The repeat violations resulted from the failure of the employer to provide training to employees concerning the physical and health hazards of chemicals in the work area.
The other-than-serious violations consisted of the following:
- Failure to properly maintain injury and illness records
- Failure to provide employees with proper information concerning the use of respirators
- Failure to provide a cover for an electrical installation
A serious violation is one in which there is a substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result.
A willful violation exists under the OSH Act where the evidence shows either an intentional violation of the OSH Act or plain indifference to its requirements.
A repeat violations is one for which the employer has been cited previously for a substantially similar condition and the citation has become a final order.
Hansen stated that it is "incumbent upon employers to develop, implement, and maintain safety and health programs that will provide protection to employees from the hazards that may be present in their workplace". Employers or workers who have questions concerning safety and health may contact the Little Rock Area Office at (501) 324-6291. They may also take advantage of the free consultation offered by the Arkansas Department of Labor Consultation Service at (501) 682-4522.
Spirit Homes, Inc., has 15 working days from receipt of the citations to comply with the citations, request an informal conference with the area director or contest the citations before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
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