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08-1709-NEW/BOS 2008-351
Mon., Nov. 24, 2008
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: : 617-565-2074

Buffalo, N.Y., metal fabricator faces an additional $75,000 in penalties from U.S. Labor Department's OSHA for failing to correct amputation hazards

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A Buffalo metal fabrication shop faces an additional $75,000 in penalties from the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for failing to fully correct hazards cited during a prior OSHA inspection.

In May, OSHA cited ATECH-S.E.H. Metal Fabricators Inc. for serious violations of safety standards after two employees at the company's 103 Norris St. plant lost parts of their fingers when a mechanical power press they were setting up for operation unexpectedly activated.

OSHA found that the power press had not been de-energized and physically locked out as required under OSHA's hazardous energy control, or lockout/tagout, standard and that the employees had not been adequately trained in lockout/tagout procedures. ATECH-S.E.H. subsequently paid $6,000 in penalties and agreed to correct all cited hazards.

However, a follow-up inspection by OSHA to verify compliance determined that unsatisfactory corrective action had been taken. OSHA found that the lockout/tagout training was incomplete and lockout/tagout procedures were not followed, including one instance in which another employee was injured by the unexpected startup of a power press. As a result, OSHA issued the company two failure to abate notices, which carry