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OSHA News Release – Region 8
U.S. Department of Labor
Region 8 News Release: 54-OSHA
August 10, 1999
Contact: Rich Kulczewski
PHONE: (303) 844-1302
OSHA FINES WARWICK DENVER CORPORATION IN DENVER $103,500 FOR 11 SAFETY AND HEALTH VIOLATIONS
Warwick Denver Corporation, Denver, Colo., was cited today for ten serious and one willful violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and issued proposed penalties of $103,500.
The violations and the penalties were issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Denver area office following an inspection of the Warwick Hotel in Denver. The inspection was initiated on February 10, 1999, as a result of a complaint and referral alleging employee exposure to asbestos during the renovation of the hotel.
Bobby Glover, OSHA area director in Denver, said the violations resulted because the employer failed to inform employees and construction subcontractors of asbestos containing building products.
"It is not acceptable for an employer to maintain a workplace where employees of the hotel and subcontractors are exposed to a serious health hazard such as asbestos exposure," said Glover.
Glover can be reached at (303) 844-5285.
The OSHA inspection cited Warwick Denver Corporation for:
|Asbestos work not conducted in a regulated area.||Serious Violation $4,500|
|Exposure monitoring and assessment not conducted.||Serious Violation $4,500|
|Failure to implement work practice and engineering controls during asbestos work.||Serious Violation $4,500|
|Failure to provide respiratory protection.||Serious Violation $4,500|
|Failure to provide protective clothing.||Serious Violation $4,500|
|Failure to establish an equipment room.||Serious Violation $4,500|
|Warning signs not displayed in regulated areaand failure to provide training for asbestos work.||Serious Violation $4,500|
|Failure to provide training for asbestos work.||Serious Violation $4,500|
|Failure to collect and dispose of asbestos debris in sealed and labeled impermeable containers.||Serious Violation $4,500|
|Failure to designate a competent person for asbestos work.||Serious Violation $4,500|
|Total Serious Penalty $40,500|
|Failure to notify employees and subcontractors of the presence of asbestos.||Willful Violation $63,000|
|Total Penalty $103,500|
A serious violation is defined as one committed where there is substantial probability that death or physical harm could result and the employer knew or should have known of the hazard.
Willful violations are those committed with an intentional disregard of, or plain indifference to, the requirements of the OSH Act and its regulations.
Warwick 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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