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The U. S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Alonzo Fireworks, of 12 County Road 75, Mechanicville, New York, and proposed penalties of $91,500 against the firm, alleging thirty serious and three other-than-serious violations of OSHA standards.
According to OSHA area director John Tomich, OSHA conducted three separate inspections involving the company. The first inspection took place from December 13, 1999, through May 16, 2000, following a fatal explosion at the Schaghticoke Fairgrounds on December 10, 1999. One employee, Richard Van Wert of Schaghticoke, was killed and another was treated for burns sustained in the explosion.
Following the inspection at the Fairgounds, OSHA cited the company for the following six alleged serious violations of the explosives and blasting agent standard, and the hazardous waste operations and emergency response standard:
The alleged serious violations carry a total proposed penalty of $21,000.
"Improper handling and disposal of fireworks can, and in this case did, have dire and tragic consequences", Tomich said, "because the employer was not following the applicable OSHA standards."
OSHA also conducted two concurrent inspections of the company's's fireworks manufacturing facility, a safety inspection and a health inspection, from December 16, 1999 through May 16, 2000, and cited the employer for alleged violations of standards relating to electrical and lockout/tagout hazards, hazard communication, exposure to methylene chloride, and other safety and health standards. Included in the alleged serious violations for which OSHA cited the employer are:
The alleged serious violations carry a total proposed penalty of $70,500.
In addition, OSHA cited the employer for the following three alleged other-than-serious violations:
The inspection was conducted by OSHA's Albany area office, located at 401 New Karner Road, Suite 300, Albany, N. Y. Telephone: (518) 464-6742.
The company has until June 26 to contest the citations.
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