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Monday, October 07, 2013

Testori Interiors Cited For 24 Safety Violations - $171,000 Proposed Fine

Last Week's OSHA Significant Citations

This is a summary of the OSHA and state OSHA significant citations announced in the past week. These are citations that have proposed total fines that exceed $100,000.

Champlain, NY, Rail Car Interior Manufacturer Testori Interiors Cited ($170,100)

Testori Interiors Inc., a manufacturer of rail car interiors, has been cited by OSHA for 24 violations of workplace safety and health standards at its Champlain manufacturing plant. The company faces $170,100 in proposed fines following inspections by OSHA's Albany Area Office that began in March 2013 in response to a worker's complaint.

"Testori's deficient safety protocols place its workers at grave risk of injury, including amputation risks and death," said Kimberly Castillon, OSHA's Albany area director. "The fact that no serious injuries resulted from these hazards is fortunate. The large penalties proposed in this case reflect the severity of the hazards and this employer's disregard for safety."

Testori was cited for one willful violation for failure to develop, document and use lockout and tagout procedures for controlling potentially hazardous energy when workers performed maintenance on machines, such as sanders and presses. Maintenance activities, which include clearing debris from machines, changing router bits and sanding belts, and cleaning equipment, are necessary to prevent the unintended activation of machinery during these activities. This willful violation carries a $63,000 fine.

Testori was also cited for 16 serious safety and health violations, including failure to:
  • properly store, transfer and label flammable liquid
  • provide guards on saws and sanders
  • train workers on the proper use of a fire extinguisher
  • address electrical and confined space hazards
  • workers with adequate personal protective equipment and fit test respirators worn by workers
The proposed penalties for the serious violations are $106,200. One other-than-serious violation for inadequate record keeping carries a proposed penalty of $900.

The citations can be viewed at:

A willful violation is one committed with intentional, knowing, or voluntary disregard for the law's requirements, or with plain indifference to worker safety and health. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known. An other-than-serious violation is one that has a direct relationship to job safety and health, but probably would not cause death or serious physical harm.

Testori has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and proposed penalties to comply, meet informally with OSHA's area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

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