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The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Shepard Niles, Inc., of 250 North Genesee Street, Montour Falls, New York, and proposed penalties of $103,150 against the firm for one alleged willful and 35 alleged serious violations of OSHA standards. The company has until August 3 to contest the citations.
According to OSHA area director Diane M. Brayden, the action results from an investigation carried out under OSHA's interim targeting program, which identifies high-hazard industries for inspection based on their injury and illness rates. Shepard Niles manufactures overhead cranes.
"This firm makes overhead cranes as its principal business," Brayden said. "They even provide safety inspection checklists with the cranes they sell to customers. And yet when it came to their own hoists and cranes-and they have dozens of them in use-they intentionally disregarded this basic requirement of employee safety."
OSHA alleges that the company willfully violated OSHA's overhead crane standard by failing to conduct frequent, periodic inspections of overhead cranes. The willful violation carries a proposed penalty of $44,000.
The alleged serious violations for which the employer was cited included:
The serious violations carry a total proposed penalty of $59,150.
The firm was also cited for alleged other-than-serious violations including failure to label electrical circuit breakers, failure to maintain exit passageways, and failure to provide training and keep material safety data sheets on the hazardous substances in the workplace.
A willful violation is defined by OSHA as one committed with an intentional disregard for, or plain indifference to, the requirements of the OSHA act and regulations. A serious violation is defined as a condition which exists where there is a substantial possibility that death or serious physical harm can 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 investigation was conducted by OSHA's Syracuse area office, located at 3300 Vicker Road, North Syracuse, New York, telephone (315) 451-0808.
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