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The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited New Venture Gear Corporation, New Process Gear Division, of East Syracuse, New York, and proposed penalties of $108,829 against the firm for 47 alleged serious violations and eight alleged other-than-serious violations of OSHA standards. The company has until November 17 to contest the citations.
According to OSHA area director Diane M. Brayden, the action results from an investigation carried out from April 27 through October 13 as part of OSHA's interim targeting program, under which worksites are selected for inspection based on high rates of injury during calendar year 1996. The company produces transfer cases for several brands of four-wheel-drive vehicle.
The alleged serious violations for which the employer was cited included failure to:
The firm was also cited for alleged other-than-serious violations including failure to post floor load ratings, provide safe access to equipment, and properly label exits, and for using extension cords as permanent wiring, using electrical cords with splices and loose fittings, and using electrical outlets with reversed polarity.
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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