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TRADE NEWS RELEASE
Thursday, March 27, 2003
Contact: Bill WRight
Phone: (202) 693-1999


Oklahoma, Idaho Companies Agree to Work with OSHA to Abate Ergonomic Hazards

Washington, DC -- Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health John Henshaw announced today that Security Metal Products Corp. of Clinton, Okla., and Alpha Health Services of Post Falls, Idaho, have entered into agreements with the agency to work with OSHA to correct ergonomic hazards. The two companies were recently cited for multiple violations of workplace safety and health standards, including ergonomic issues.

"OSHA's objective is to ensure that workers have safe and healthful workplaces in which to work," said Henshaw. "We are pleased that these companies have agreed to make specific changes to protect their workers. Both agreements represent a commitment by the company's management that they're serious about eliminating workplace hazards."

Security Metal Products Corp. is a metal fabricating corporation that manufactures custom door frames. The agreement settles citations issued by OSHA following an August 2002 planned inspection. The company was cited for an ergonomic violation relating to materials handling, as well as violations of other safety and health standards. In addition to providing OSHA with a written detailed plan of abatement for violations, the company agreed to revise its safety and health program and to include an ergonomics program for worksite analysis, medical management and training and education