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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of the U.S. Labor Department has cited O.Z. Gedney, a foundry located in Terryville, Connecticut, for alleged Willful, Serious, Repeat and Other than Serious violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act and has proposed penalties totaling $88,000.
According to John J. Stanton, Jr., OSHA area director in Hartford, the alleged violations were discovered during health and safety inspections initiated February 18, 1999. The inspections were conducted under OSHA's site-specific interim targeting program in which OSHA schedules inspections for high-hazard industry workplaces based on their injury and illness rates. Approximately 250 workers are employed at the manufacturing plant, which is located at 100 South Riverside Avenue in Terryville.
"The inspection identified a cross-section of occupational health and safety concerns basic to this sort of manufacturing environment," said Stanton. "Safety issues included defects concerning improperly installed hoists and damaged lifting slings, crane inspections, electrical safety, the safe transfer of combustible fluids, fall protection and the guarding of moving machine parts, while health concerns encompassed instances of insufficient safeguards for employees exposed to excess noise levels or excess airborne concentrations of respirable silica, failure to supply emergency eyewashes for all needed locations, inadequate protections for first aid responders, failure to ensure the use by employees of all required personal protective equipment, inadequate recordkeeping and failure to provide employees with required information on hearing loss in a timely manner."
Specifically, the citations and $88,000 in proposed penalties encompass:
The company was also cited for eight alleged Other than Serious hazards, with no cash penalties proposed, for: a blocked exit door; oxygen cylinder coated with dirt and wax; improperly constructed storage room for a flammable liquid; inadequate guard on an abrasive wheel; an improperly fitted compressed air nozzle; unlabeled electrical disconnect box; reverse polarity on an electrical outlet; an inadequate electrical conducting wire.
Stanton urged Connecticut employers and employees with questions regarding workplace safety and health standards to contact the OSHA area offices in Hartford or Bridgeport and added that OSHA's toll-free, nationwide hotline --1-800-321-OSHA (1-800-321-6742)-- may be used to report workplace accidents or fatalities or situations posing imminent danger to workers, especially if they occur outside of normal business hours.
A willful violation is defined by OSHA as one committed with an intentional disregard of, or plain indifference to, the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health 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, and the employer knew, or should have known, of the hazard. An other-than-serious violation is a condition which would probably not cause death or serious physical harm but would have a direct and immediate relationship to the safety and health of employees. A repeated violation is defined by OSHA as one where, upon reinspection, a substantially similar violation is found.
OSHA is empowered by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 to issue standards and rules requiring employers to provide their employees with safe and healthful workplaces and jobsites, and to assure through workplace inspections that those standards are followed.
The company has 15 working days from receipt of the 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.
The information in this release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: (617) 565-2072. TDD (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf) Message Referral Phone: 800-347-8029.
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