Region 5 News Release: V-155
July 29, 1999
Contact: Peggy Zweber
PHONE: (309) 671-7033
Proposed Penalty Totals $151,000
OSHA ISSUES CITATIONS TO WORLD COLOR PRESS - SALEM DIVISION FOLLOWING A
COMPLAINT INSPECTION AT A WORKSITE IN SALEM, IL
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued citations to World Color Press - Salem Division, a commercial printer in Salem, Ill., alleging 32 safety and health violations with proposed penalties totaling $151,000.
According to Peggy Zweber, OSHA's area director in Peoria, the agency conducted an inspection in response to two formal complaints which alleged numerous hazards in the workplace.
As a result of the inspection, OSHA issued citations alleging 17 serious, two willful, one repeat, and seven other-than-serious violations.
The serious citations are proposed for failing to provide fall protection in a number of cases, failure to provide personal protective equipment, machine guarding hazards, electrical lockout/tagout hazards, confined space entry hazards and for failing to keep potentially hazardous surfaces clean and dry.
The willful citations are proposed for failing to develop and implement the means, procedures, and practices necessary for safe confined space entry operations; and failing to prepare entry permits for permit-required confined spaces (PRCS) prior to authorizing entry. A repeat violation is proposed for failing to keep the chassis and wheel wells of fork trucks in a clean condition to prevent fires.
The other-than-serious citations are proposed for not keeping concrete walkways free from holes; failing to secure a compressed gas cylinder against falling; failing to provide spill containment for an oil storage area; failing to empty buckets containing rainwater on a frequent basis; failing to install a sufficient number of emergency eye wash stations in a battery re-charging room; failing to ensure that a portable fire extinguisher was readily accessible; and flexible cords were wrapped around the structural steel members of the building.
OSHA defines a serious violation as one in which a workplace hazard could cause an accident or illness that would most likely result in the death or serious physical harm of an employee and that the employer knew of the condition or should have known through reasonable diligence.
OSHA defines a willful violation as one in which the employer knew that a hazardous condition existed but made no reasonable effort to eliminate it and in which the hazardous condition violated a standard, regulation, or the OSH Act.
OSHA defines a repeat violation as one in which the employer has been cited previously for a substantially similar condition and the citation has become a final order of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
OSHA defines an other-than-serious violation in which the violative condition would not cause an accident or illness that would most likely result in the death or serious physical harm of an employee.
World Color Press - Salem Division has 15 working days to contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
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