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Region 1 News Release: 08-1283-BOS/BOS 2008-255
Mon., Sept. 15, 2008
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: 617-565-2074

Plainville, Conn., precast concrete manufacturer faces more than $117,000 in fines from U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA
Atlantic Pipe Corp. cited for 57 alleged worksite safety and health violations

HARTFORD, Conn. - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Atlantic Pipe Corp. of Plainville, Conn., for 57 alleged serious and other-than-serious violations of workplace safety and health standards at the company's Plainville manufacturing plant. The maker of precast concrete pieces faces a total of $117,250 in proposed fines.

"The sizable fines proposed here reflect the scope of hazards identified during this inspection," said C. William Freeman III, OSHA's area director in Hartford. "Left uncorrected, they expose employees to the dangers of falls, crushing injuries, burns, hearing loss, lacerations, amputations and electrocution. It is imperative that this employer take prompt and effective corrective action to eliminate these conditions and prevent their reoccurrence."

Specifically, $109,250 in fines was proposed for 52 serious citations. A serious citation is issued when death or serious physical harm is likely to result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

These serious citations include defective forklifts; an employee working under a lift's rai