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The U. S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Copeland Coating Company, Inc., of 3600 State Route 20, Nassau, New York, and proposed penalties of $114,500 against the firm, for three alleged wilful and eight alleged serious violations of OSHA standards. The company has until December 29 to contest the citations.
According to OSHA area director John Tomich, the action results from an inspection of the facility conducted from June 7 through November 30, in accordance with OSHA's special emphasis program for silicosis exposure.
OSHA alleges that the company willfully failed to protect its employees from silica exposure by:
The alleged willful violations carry a total proposed penalty of $105,000.
"Inhaling airborne silica can lead to silicosis, a disabling, nonreversible, and sometimes fatal lung disease", Tomich explained. "For that reason, OSHA has launched a national special emphasis program, focusing on the particular dangers associated with working with silica", Tomich said. "It is our responsibility to protect to the best of our ability the estimated two million workers in the U. S. who are exposed to crystalline silica each year."
OSHA also cited the company for the following alleged serious violations:
The alleged serious violations carry a total proposed penalty of $9,500.
A willful violation is defined by OSHA as one committed with an intentional disregard for, or plain indifference to, the requirements of the OSHA act and regulations. 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 Albany area office, located at 401 New Karner Road, Albany, N. Y. Telephone: (518) 464-6742.
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