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The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Kohler Co., Searcy, Ark., with proposed penalties of $94,500 for alleged safety and health violations resulting from a programmed planned inspection under OSHA's Site Specific Targeting Plan, announced the U. S. Department of Labor.
Kohler Co. employs about 320 workers at its 920 E. Lincoln Ave. facility in Searcy, where metal sinks are manufactured. The company's corporate headquarters are located in Kohler, Wis.
According to Paul J. Hansen, Jr., Little Rock OSHA Area Director, the alleged violations were discovered during a programmed planned inspection conducted between Oct. 5, 1999 and March 13, 2000.
The company was cited for 17 serious, three repeat and three other-than-serious violations.
A serious violation is one in which there is a substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result. The serious violations consisted of the following:
A repeat violation is one in which the same or a substantially similar violation was noted during a subsequent inspection. The repeat violations consisted of the following:
An other-than-serious violation is one that has a direct relationship to job safety and health, but probably would not cause death or serious physical harm. The other-than-serious violations consisted of the following:
The scheduled inspection of this company was conducted under OSHA's Site Specific Targeting Program. This program uses injury and illness data collected from specific employers. Those with high rates are scheduled for a comprehensive safety and health inspection.
Hansen stated that, "this inspection and the resulting citations are indicative of the appropriateness of this program of targeting establishments with high injury and /or illness rates, thus removing employees from those hazards in the workplace."
Employers or workers who have questions concerning safety and health may contact the Little Rock Area Office at (501) 324-6291. They may also take advantage of the free consultation offered by the Arkansas Department of Labor Consultation Service at (501) 682-4523.
Kohler has 15 working days from receipt of the citations to comply with the citations, request an informal conference with the area director or contest the citations before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
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