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Region 8 News Release: 08-OSHA
Contact: Rich Kulczewski
OSHA FINES KURT MANUFACTURING COMPANY IN PUEBLO $113,700 FOR 26 SAFETY AND HEALTH VIOLATIONS
Kurt Manufacturing Company, Pueblo, Colo., was cited Tuesday for 26 serious, repeat and other violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act and issued proposed penalties of $113,700.
The citations were issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Englewood area office following an inspection of Kurt's metal fabrication plant which began Aug. 16, 1999. The inspection was part of OSHA's Site Specific Targeting plan which is based on the employer's Lost Workday Injury and Illness Rate.
John Healy, OSHA area director in Englewood, said the violations resulted because the employer failed to have a comprehensive program which identified hazardous situations.
Healy can be reached at (303) 843-4500.
Previous inspections at Kurt Manufacturing were conducted in 1996, 1997, and 1998. OSHA inspectors found the same or similar hazards observed on previous inspections continued to be in existence at the time of the current inspection. Repeat citations to address these hazards have been issued.
The repeat violations allege that Kurt Manufacturing:
- Failed to guard rotating parts on machinery. $35,000
- Failed to guard points of operation on machinery.$35,000
- Failed to properly use electrical equipment for its intended purpose.$7,500
- Failed to use proper electrical equipment in wet/damp locations. $7,500
- Failed to keep workroom floors in a dry condition. $200
- Total Repeat Violations $85,200
OSHA also cited Kurt Manufacturing a total of $27,500 for nine Serious Violations and $1,000 for 12 Other-Than-Serious violations including: unprotected open pits, unprotected open floor holes; inadequate eye protection; inadequate eyewash; lack of appropriate guards for numerous machines including, conveyor belts, saws, and gear motors; lack of appropriate point of operation guards for numerous machines including lathes, milling machines, and shears; lack of a guard for abrasive wheel; inadequate protection of flexible electrical cords; and damaged electrical components on equipment, unguarded stairs; unsecured ladder; improperly designed ladder, unrated portion of crane lifting device; damaged crane hook; improperly adjusted grinder work rest and tongue guard; unguarded belt and pulley system; unapproved hose clamps; unmarked electrical breakers; ungrounded electrical equipment; and unsecured electrical panelboards.
An employer may be cited for repeat violation if that employer has been previously cited within the past three years, for a substantially similar condition.
A serious violation is defined as one committed where there is substantial probability that death or physical harm could result and the employer knew or should have known of the hazard.
Kurt has 15 working days from receipt of the citations 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.
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