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Region 5 News Release: 08-672-CHI
May 20, 2008
Contact: Scott Allen or Brad Mitchell
U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA again cites United Airlines at O'Hare International Airport for numerous workplace health and safety violations
CHICAGO -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) again has cited United Airlines Inc. in Chicago for alleged multiple serious, willful and repeat violations of federal workplace safety and health standards, and has proposed $192,500 in fines.
As a result of its latest inspection, initiated in November 2007, OSHA has issued citations for 39 serious violations with proposed penalties totaling $112,000. OSHA also has cited United Airlines for one willful violation with a proposed $70,000 fine, one repeat violation with a $7,500 fine and three other-than-serious violations totaling $3,000 in penalties.
OSHA selected United Airlines for this inspection after reviewing occupational injury and illness data, which included ramp services, customer service, air freight, aircraft and ground equipment maintenance, building/facility maintenance, business operations, strategic procurement, medical facilities and flight attendant operations.
Some of the serious violations address health hazards associated with the design of flammable liquid storage cabinets and rooms, an open-sided tank containing corrosive liquid, respiratory protection program deficiencies, and failure to conduct an asbestos survey to determine the presence