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Region 5 News Release: 08-701-CHI
June 11, 2008
Contact: Brad Mitchell or Scott Allen
Phone: 312-353-6976

U.S. Labor Department's OSHA cites Family Video woodshop in Springfield, Ill., for workplace safety violations

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed $161,550 in fines against Family Video Movie Club Inc., Springfield, for alleged multiple willful and serious violations of federal workplace safety standards, the agency announced today.

OSHA selected Family Video Movie Club for inspection after the company failed to respond to an inquiry about safety conditions at the Springfield facility, which houses an office, warehouse and woodshop. As a result of that inspection, opened in December 2007, OSHA issued citations alleging two willful and 19 serious violations, with proposed penalties of $112,500 and $49,050 respectively.

The willful violations cited address safety problems with table saws including failure to guard the portion of the saw above the table with an appropriate hood and to have safety devices that prevent materials from being kicked back during operation. The serious violations address hazards associated with noise exposure, fire and electrical issues, a lack of personal protective equipment and improper handling of hazardous chemicals.

"Handling hazardous chemicals, electrical hazards and machine guarding issues are problems that should not exist at any worksite," said Nick Walters