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Region 2 News Release: 08-1372-NEW/BOS 2008-279
Thurs., Oct. 2, 2008
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: 617-565-2074


Middletown, N.Y., display manufacturer faces more than $70,000 in fines from U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA

ALBANY, N.Y. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited a Middletown, N.Y., manufacturer of wire, sheet metal and other types of displays for 28 alleged willful, serious and other-than-serious violations of safety and health standards. Flanagan Design and Display Inc. faces $70,750 in proposed fines following OSHA inspections of its Midland Avenue production facility conducted in March and April of this year.

OSHA issued the company one willful citation, with a $33,000 proposed fine, for lack of required eye protection for employees operating power presses or performing cutting and grinding. OSHA defines a willful violation as one committed with plain indifference to or intentional disregard for employee safety and health.

Twenty-four serious citations, carrying $34,750 in fines, were issued for missing or inadequate guarding of mechanical power presses and press brakes; uninspected power presses; ungrounded electrical equipment; lack of training for forklift operators; lack of a hearing conservation program; lack of a written respiratory protection and medical evaluation program; and lack of a lockout/tagout program to prevent the unintended startup of machinery during maintenance. A serious citation is issued wh