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$140,000 in Fines Proposed against Corbin Russwin, Inc.
OSHA CITES BERLIN, CONN., DOOR LOCK MANUFACTURER FOR 57 ALLEGED WORKPLACE SAFETY & HEALTH VIOLATIONS
BOSTON -- A cluster of safety and health hazards that could expose workers to amputations, fires, electrocution, crushing injuries, falls, hearing loss and hazardous chemicals and substances has prompted $140,000 in fines against a Berlin, Conn., door lock manufacturer.
The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Corbin Russwin, Inc., of 225 Episcopal Rd., for 57 alleged violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, following safety and health inspections conducted between February and August. The inspections were carried out under OSHA's Site Specific targeting program, which schedules inspections for workplaces with a higher than average number of lost work days due to injuries and illnesses.
"The sizeable fines proposed in this case reflect the breadth and number of hazardous conditions identified and cited in these inspections," said Thomas Guilmartin, OSHA area director in Hartford. "Chief among them are 47 instances of inadequate machine guarding or point of operation guarding on mechanical power presses and other machinery, including one machine on which an employee suffered a partial finger amputation in 2000."
Other citations address deficiencies involving failure to supply workers with personal protective equipment, electrical safety hazards, wet floors, failure to provide wash basins for employees working with acids and caustics, unlabeled containers of hazardous chemicals, failure to ensure the use of seatbelts by forklift operators, inadequate process safety information for the plant's sulfur dioxide system, no backflow and flashback protection for a soldering torch, and inadequate safeguards for employees exposed to lead, cadmium and excess noise levels. A fact sheet detailing the alleged violations and proposed penalties is attached.
Corbin Russwin, which employs 387 workers at the Berlin plant, has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and proposed penalties to either elect to comply with them, to request and participate in an informal conference with the OSHA area director, or to contest them before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
Guilmartin urged Connecticut employers and employees with questions regarding workplace safety and health standards to contact the OSHA area offices in Hartford (860-240-3152) or Bridgeport (203-579-5579).
Information to help employers comply with OSHA standards, including interactive safety and health advisors and e-Compliance Assistance Tools, is available online at www.osha.gov .
Fact Sheet - OSHA Citations & Proposed Penalties - Corbin Russwin, Inc. - Berlin, Conn.
Forty seven alleged serious violations, with $127,500 in fines proposed, for:
One alleged repeat violation, with a proposed fine of $12,500, for:
Nine alleged other than serious violations, for:
|[Total proposed penalties:||$140,000]|
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