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Region 2 News Release: 08-650-NEW/BOS 2008-146
Tues., May 13, 2008
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: 617-565-2074

Wayne County, N.Y., electronic components manufacturer faces more than $151,000 in fines from U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA
Thomas Electronics of New York cited for chemical, fire, electrical, exit access, other hazards

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- A Clyde, N.Y., electronic components manufacturer has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for 29 alleged willful, serious and other-than-serious violations of safety standards. Thomas Electronics of New York Inc. faces a total of $151,100 in proposed fines following OSHA inspections begun in November 2007 in response to an employee complaint.

"The citations address a variety of hazards which, left uncorrected, expose employees to chemical burns, fire, electrocution, lacerations, amputation, falls and crushing injuries, and impede their ability to exit the workplace swiftly in the event of a fire or other emergency," said Christopher Adams, OSHA's area director in Syracuse. "The sizable proposed fines reflect the breadth and seriousness of the cited conditions and emphasize the need for this employer to take prompt and effective corrective action."

Specifically, two willful citations, accounting for $100,000 in fines, have been issued for lack of eye and face protection for employees working with hydrofluoric acid and the lack of