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Region 5 News Release: 08-873-CHI
Aug. 4, 2008
Contact: Brad Mitchell or Scott Allen
Phone: 312-353-6976


U.S. Labor Department's OSHA cites Cincinnati foundry, fabrication plant for workplace safety and health violations

CINCINNATI -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed $128,700 in fines against Cast-Fab Techologies Inc. of Cincinnati for alleged multiple serious violations of federal workplace safety standards.

OSHA selected Cast-Fab Technologies for inspection as part of a local emphasis program concentrating on the primary metal industry. As a result of its inspection, opened in January 2008, OSHA issued the company citations alleging 44 serious violations, including 33 safety and 11 health regulation issues.

The violations address fall hazards, energy control, training deficiencies, machine guarding, electrical hazards, lack of personal protective equipment, lack of periodic internal safety inspections, fire hazards, silica and asbestos exposure issues, and failing to inform employees of hazardous chemicals.

"Handling dangerous chemicals, electrical hazards and machine guarding problems are issues that should not exist at any worksite," said Richard Gilgrist, director of OSHA's area office in Cincinnati. "Employers must remain dedicated to keeping the workplace safe and healthful or face close OSHA scrutiny."

The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations to contest them before the independent Occupational Safety and Health R