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The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Naluco Inc., doing business as American Flyer Travelware, of 196 Railway Avenue, Paterson, N.J., alleging three willful, 23 serious, and one other-than-serious violations of health and safety standards. Proposed penalties total $145,000.
The company assembles and distributes luggage to retailers.
According to Lisa Levy, OSHA area director, the citations result from an inspection conducted from July 29, 1999 to January 28, 2000, following a complaint which alleged that exit doors were locked, blocked and inaccessible to employees in the event of an emergency.
OSHA cited the employer for the following willful violations:
The alleged willful violations carries a penalty of $122,000.
"We found cases of flagrant disregard for safety regulations at this facility", Levy said. "During the course of our inspection we found exit doors obstructed by boxes of luggage, making them unreachable. We also found various exits bolted shut which would prevent employees being able to escape safely in the event of an emergency. These are the types of violations which put workers' lives in jeopardy."
Among the serious violations for which OSHA cited the company are:
The alleged serious violations carry a proposed penalty of $21,500.
In addition, OSHA cited the employer for failure to maintain the required OSHA log of injuries and illnesses, an alleged other-than-serious violation carrying a total proposed penalty of $1,500.
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 serious violation is defined as one in which there is a substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could 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 company has until February 18 to contest the citations.
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