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Region 2 News Release: 08-1119-NEW/BOS 2008-231
Fri., Aug. 8, 2008
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: 617-565-2074

Broome County, N.Y., manufacturer faces additional fines exceeding $109,000 from U.S. Labor Department's OSHA for recurring and uncorrected hazards
Samscreen Inc. also fined $75,000 in April for failing to correct hazards

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed an additional $109,100 in fines against Samscreen Inc., a Conklin, N.Y., manufacturer of industrial screening media, for recurring safety hazards and failing to correct previously cited hazards at its Broome Corporate Parkway plant.

OSHA opened a follow-up inspection of the plant in February to verify correction of hazards cited during an inspection in 2007. This latest inspection found that the plant failed to provide employees with required lockout/tagout training (to prevent accidental start-ups of machinery) and fire extinguisher training as agreed to in the company's previous settlement agreement with OSHA.

As a result, OSHA has issued the company two failure to abate notices with $72,000 in proposed fines. OSHA issues a failure to abate citation when an employer does not correct a cited violation by an established date. The plant received similar failure to abate notices and a proposed fine of $75,000 from OSHA this past April for failing to guard press brakes and rollers.

"These sizable fines reflect