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Region 1 News Release: 08-868-BOS/BOS 2008-218
Wed., July 30, 2008
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: 617-565-2074


U.S. Labor Department's OSHA proposes $133,000 in fines against C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc.'s Windsor Locks, Conn., warehouse
Facility cited for similar fall, crushing and electrical hazards in 2004, 2005 and 2006

HARTFORD, Conn. - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed $133,000 in fines against C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc. for alleged repeat and serious safety violations at its Windsor Locks, Conn., warehouse. The citations and fines result from an OSHA inspection opened in January 2008 in response to a complaint.

"Unfortunately, conditions cited during the earlier inspection of this workplace have reappeared, once again exposing employees to the dangers of falls, crushing injuries and electrocution," said C. William Freeman III, OSHA's area director in Hartford. "The sizable fines proposed in this case reflect the serious and recurring nature of these hazards, and the need for the company to take effective and continuous action to prevent them."

Specifically, OSHA has issued the company three repeat citations, carrying $112,500 in proposed fines, for several instances of large metal storage racks that were unstable due to snapped, bent or twisted cross bracing or main supports; open-sided work platforms lacking railings or equiv