Region 6 News Release: USDL-OSHA-99-87-6-17
Thursday, June 17, 1999
Contact: Diana Petterson or Beverly Sepulveda
PHONE : (214) 767-4776, ext. 222 or 221
OSHA PROPOSES $85,000 PENALTY AGAINST MAGNA-LOMASON OF MARIANNA, ARK.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Magna-Lomason for alleged safety and health violations resulting from a program planned inspection. OSHA has proposed penalties of $85,000, announced the U.S. Department of Labor.
Magna-Lomason employs about 250 people at its facility on 1000 Olive St., Marianna. The facility manufactures automotive seat frames and components.
According to Paul J. Hansen, Jr., area director for OSHA in Little Rock, the alleged violations were discovered during a comprehensive program planned inspection conducted on Jan. 5.
The company was cited for twelve serious violations, two repeat violations, and one other than serious violation.
A serious violation is one in which there is a substantial probability that death or serious harm could result from the violation. The serious violations consisted of the following:
- Failure to properly guard points of operation on machinery
- Failure to provide proper guarding for points of operation on mechanical power presses
- Failure to properly store compressed gas cylinders
- Failure to insure proper installation of electrical equipment
- Failure to identify electrical circuits
- Failure to insure proper installation of metal enclosures for electrical conductors
- Failure to provide covers for electrical junction boxes and fittings
- Failure to install approved electrical equipment in wet locations
- Failure to insure proper use of flexible cables and cords
- Failure to maintain, and provide to employees, a copy of applicable OSHA electrical requirements
The repeat violations consisted of the following:
- Failure to provide machine guarding to protect employees from rotating-parts and in-running nip points;
- Failure to insure that unused opening in electrical boxes, cabinets, or fittings were effectively closed.
The other than serious violation resulted from the failure to maintain a proper exit access.
The scheduled inspection of this company was conducted under OSHA's Interim Targeting Program. This program uses injury and illness data collected from specific establishments. Those with high rates are scheduled for a comprehensive safety and health inspection.
Employers or workers who have questions concerning safety and health at the workplace should contact the Little Rock Area Office at (501) 323-6291. They may also take advantage of the free consultation offered by the Arkansas Department of Labor Consultation Service at (501) 682-4516.
Magna-Lomason has 15 working days from receipt of the citations to comply, request an informal conference with the area director or to contest the citations before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
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