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Saturday, May 05, 2007
OSHA Proposes $50,000 In Penalties Resulting From Lack of Lockout/Tagout Proceedures
The following is a press release from OSHA. It highlights the importantance of having created and implemented lockout/tagout
proceedures.OSHA Press Release FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.
-- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed penalties of $73,700 against Arch Aluminum and Glass Co. Inc. for one repeat and 10 serious safety violations found at its manufacturing plant in Fort Pierce, Fla., between November 2006 and March 2007.
Inspectors visited the plant as part of OSHA's Site-Specific Targeting Program, which targets the nation's most hazardous workplaces for inspection based on their histories of having high numbers of injury and illness cases.
OSHA proposed one repeat citation, with a proposed penalty of $50,000, for the company's failure to develop and implement lockout/tagout procedures, which are used to prevent machinery from accidental operation while employees are making repairs. The employer already had agreed to implement lockout/tagout procedures at all of its locations during previous OSHA inspections of other company facilities.
"Our inspection of the Fort Pierce plant determined that the employer never implemented its lockout/tagout program at this facility, in spite of earlier agreements with OSHA," said Darlene Fossum, OSHA's area director in Fort Lauderdale. "It is important that companies pursue safety proactively and not wait for OSHA inspectors to discover problems."
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