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Region 2 News Release:   NY 200
October 14, 1999
Contact: Chester J. Fultz
PHONE: 212-337-2319

AUBURN, NEW YORK WIRE FACTORY CITED BY OSHA FOR ALLEGED SAFETY VIOLATIONS; $38,700 IN PENALTIES PROPOSED

The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited International Wire Group Inc., 24 North Beaver Street, Auburn, New York, and proposed penalties of $38,700 against the firm for 17 alleged serious violations and six alleged other-than-serious violations of OSHA standards. The company has until October 29 to contest the citations.

According to OSHA area director Diane M. Brayden, the action results from an investigation conducted from June 11 to September 20 at the facility, which manufactures tin and copper wire, under an OSHA targeting program aimed at sites with the highest injury records.

The alleged serious violations for which the employer was cited included:

  • failure to keep hoists and other lifting devices in safe condition;
  • failure to keep aisles and passageways clear and in good repair;
  • failure to provide required fall protection on platforms;
  • failure to have procedures for the lock-out or tag-out of machinery to prevent accidental start-up during servicing or repair;
  • failure to maintain fire extinguishers and provide ready access to them;
  • failure to provide emergency eyewash stations;
  • failure to maintain powered industrial trucks;
  • failure to post no-smoking signs at flammable storage area;
  • failure to properly ground flammable solvent containers when dispensing fluid;
  • failure to properly guard rotating shafts, belts, and other moving parts on machinery;
  • failure to have cover plates on electrical panel boards and switch boxes.

The firm was also cited for alleged other-than-serious violations including failure to keep work floors clear and in a dry condition, to maintain flexible electric cords, post floor ratings, and Ted Fitzgeraldlabel circuit breakers in electrical panels.

A serious violation is defined as a condition which exists where there is a substantial possibility that death or serious physical harm can result. An other-than-serious violation is a hazardous condition that would probably not cause death or serious physical harm but would have a direct and immediate relationship to the safety and health of employees.

The investigation was conducted by OSHA's Syracuse area office, located at 3300 Vickery Road, North Syracuse, New York, telephone (315) 451-0808.

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