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OSHA News Release – Region 5
U.S. Department of Labor
Region 5 News Release: V-70
January 7, 2000
Contact: Kim Stille
PHONE: (608) 441-5388
Proposed Penalties Total $130,700
OSHA ISSUES CITATIONS TO REYNOLDS WHEELS INTERNATIONAL, BELOIT
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued citations alleging 18 serious, two repeat, one willful and three other-than-serious violations to Reynolds Wheels International, 1 Reynolds Drive, Beloit, Wis., with proposed penalties totaling $130,700.
The alleged serious violations included deficiencies in the confined spaces and lockout programs. Fall protection violations were cited in the Foundry, Tool and Die, and Paint Departments. Also cited was disrepair of Shot Blasting ductwork which could contribute to a fall.
Several machine guarding alleged serious violations were issued for equipment located in the Quality Labs and Casting Departments. Alleged serious violations included emergency evacuation planning deficiencies. Employees were exposed to possible injury due to lack of egress over a conveyor line in the event of a fire. Training of temporary workers on safety and health programs had not been done. Personal protective equipment needs were not being met for some tasks in the Casting, Melting and Paint Departments.
Additional serious violations included: electrical violations; an eyewash was not operating properly where corrosive chemicals were in use in the Quality Lab; stacking of wheels in an unsafe manner; and violations of the fork lift standard regarding safe driving practices.
Repeat violations included a lack of periodic inspection of lockout procedures and disrepair of overhead conveyor system guarding. One alleged willful citation was issued for machine guarding violations on the CCFF Line.
Other than serious citations were issued for uncovered oil containers, failure to provide employees with respiratory standards, and the lack of labels on chemical containers.
According to Kim Stille, area director for the Madison Area Office, Reynolds Wheels International has 15 working days to contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
This information will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: (312) 353-6976; TDD Message Referral Phone: 1-800-800-4571.
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