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Region 2 News Release: 08-1353-NEW/BOS 2008-286
Wed., Oct. 8, 2008
Contact: John Chavez
Phone: 617-565-2075


East Syracuse, N.Y., auto parts manufacturer faces more than $145,000 in fines from U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA
New Process Gear cited for 65 alleged violations of workplace safety standards

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited an East Syracuse, N.Y., automotive parts manufacturer for 65 alleged serious violations of safety standards. New Process Gear, a division of Magna Powertrain, faces a total of $145,350 in proposed fines following an OSHA inspection conducted under a program that targets workplaces with higher than average injury and illness rates.

"These citations address a variety of hazards which, left uncorrected, expose employees to potential falls, fire, crushing injuries, lacerations, amputations, being caught in the unexpected startup of machinery or not being able to exit the workplace swiftly in the event of an emergency," said Christopher Adams, OSHA's area director in Syracuse. "The sizable fines proposed reflect the breadth and seriousness of the cited conditions."

The 65 serious citations encompass blocked or impeded exits and aisles, missing or unlit exit signs and inoperable emergency lighting; wet floors; fall hazards from unguarded floor holes, pits, open-sided floors and ladder openings; damaged or d