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Region 3 News Release: III-99-05-17-040-WVA
Mon., May 17, 1999
Contact: Kate Dugan
PHONE : (215) 596-1147 AFTER HOURS: (610) 522-9484
SOUTH CHARLESTON COMPANY ISSUED SAFETY AND HEALTH CITATIONS
Mayflower Vehicle Systems, Inc., d/b/a South Charleston Stamping and Manufacturing, a metal piece manufacturer, has received citations issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for alleged violations of safety and health standards at their South Charleston, W.Va. facility. The citations carry a proposed penalty of $246,000.
company received citations for two willful violations, with a penalty of $110,000 for failure to properly guard hatchway chute openings and failure to select and require employees to use appropriate hand protection.
"The company was well aware of the hazards caused by the unguarded chutes," said Elliott. " Employees have been injuried and the issue was previously cited. The second willful violation concerned numerous hand injuries which are recorded in the injury/illess log and routinely reviewed by the company. Corrective action was not taken."
Thirty-four serious violations with a penalty of $111,500, were issued because of the company's failure to:
- guard floor openings and platforms
- include machine specific shutdown procedures
- to certify period lockout/tagout assessment
- enforce the use of safety blocks
- guard automated rotating shafts
- provide personal protective equipment
- provide training on hazardous materials
The repeat violations, with a penalty of $24,500 are for deficient housekeeping and failure to properly maintain the OSHA 200 log. Nine other-than-serious violations, with no penalty, were issued for unguarded chains and sprockets, insufficient eyewash facilities, unlabeled containers, defective guardrail, unguarded machinery, and failure to evaluate hearing attenuation.
Willful violations are those committed with an intentional disregard of, or plain indifference to, the requirements of the OSH act and regulations.
Repeat violations occur when an employer has been cited previously for a substantially similar condition and the citations have become a final order of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC).
Serious violations involves a substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result and that the employer knew or should have known of the hazard.
The company has 15 working days from receipt of the citations to either decide to comply, to request an informal conference with the OSHA area director, or to contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
The investigation was conducted by the Charleston OSHA office, 405 Capitol St., Suiter 407, Charleston, W.Va. 25301, telephone (304) 347-5275.
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