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The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited MDC Acquisition LLC, doing business as Hydraulic Development and Manufacturing Company, 125 Fire Tower Road, Tonawanda, New York, and proposed penalties of $105,750 against the firm for 34 alleged serious violations of OSHA standards. The company has until May 18 to contest the citations.
According to OSHA area director David E. Boyce, the action results from an investigation conducted from November 5 through April 27 in response to a complaint of unsafe conditions at the plant, which manufactures cylinders for brakes and other hydraulic systems.
"Our investigation established that the company had hired a large number of employees in response to an influx of new business," Boyce said. "But the employer did not take the necessary actions to train these workers in the appropriate safety measures or invest in appropriate safeguards.
"Unfortunately, sometimes when businesses expand," Boyce commented, "a decision is made to concentrate more on product than on people."
The alleged serious violations for which the employer was cited included:
A serious violation is defined as a condition which exists where there is a substantial possibility that death or serious physical harm can result.
The investigation was conducted by OSHA's Buffalo area office, located at 5360 Genesee Street, Bowmansville, New York, telephone (716) 684-3891.
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