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09-754-NEW / BOS 2009-211
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Contact: John Chavez
Phone: 617-565-2075

U.S. Labor Department's OSHA cites Crucible Specialty Metals in Syracuse, N.Y., for 71 alleged violations following crushing death of worker

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Crucible Specialty Metals for 71 alleged serious and repeat violations of safety and health standards following the Jan. 15 death of a worker at the company's Syracuse manufacturing plant.

The employee died when he slipped while attaching a water line to a roller mill and became caught in the machine's rotating shafts. OSHA's inspection found that the machine's moving parts were not guarded against contact. The inspection also identified a wide range of additional safety and health hazards throughout the plant.

"This accident shows how even one instance of an unguarded machine can cost a worker's life," said Christopher Adams, OSHA's area director in Syracuse. "Safeguarding workers against death, injury or illness on the job requires that all applicable safety and health requirements be met at all times."

OSHA issued the company 68 serious citations for various fall, electrical, fire, exit access, crane, personal protective equipment, confined space and materials storage hazards as well as numerous other instances of unguarded machinery at the plant. The agency has proposed $179,000 in fines for those items. OSHA issues serious citations when death or physical harm is likely to result from hazards about which the employer knew or should have known.

In addition, Crucible has been issued three repeat citations, with $70,200 in proposed fines, for hazards similar to those cited during prior OSHA inspections: an unguarded open-sided floor and platform, unguarded machinery and unlabeled containers of hazardous chemicals. OSHA issues repeat citations when an employer previous