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OSHA FINES SACHS LAWLOR IN DENVER $111,200
FOLLOWING COMPREHENSIVE INSPECTION
Sachs Lawlor Company, Denver, Colo., has been cited for one willful, 26 serious, and five other-than-serious violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and issued proposed penalties totaling $111,200. An inspection found numerous violations which resulted in worker injuries including amputated and crushed fingers.
The violations and penalties against the firm which manufactures speciality signs were issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Denver Area Office. This inspection was initiated on July 28, 1999, as part of OSHA's Site Specific Targeting Plan which is based on the employer's Lost Workday Injury and Illness Rate.
Bobby Glover, OSHA Area Director in Denver, said Sachs Lawlor employees have sustained serious injuries such as amputations due to the employer not addressing basic safety hazards prior to the inspection. "Reducing amputations is a national OSHA priority," said Glover.
Glover can be reached at (303)844-5285 (x-105).
The OSHA inspection cited Sachs Lawlor for:
One Willful violation $56,000
26 Serious violations total $52,800
Five Other-than-serious violations total $2,400
Willful violations are those committed with an intentional disregard of, or plain indifference to, the requirements of the OSH Act and its regulations.
A serious violation is defined as one committed where there is substantial probability that death or physical harm could result and the employer knew of should have known of the hazard.
An other-than-serious violation is defined as one where the most serious injury or illness that would be likely to result cannot reasonably be predicted to cause death or serious physical harm but does have a direct and immediate relationship to safety and health of employees.
Sachs Lawlor has 15 working days from receipt of the citations to request an informal conference with the OSHA area director, or to contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
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