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Region 2 News Release: 10-233-NEW/BOS 2010-084
Feb. 24, 2010
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: 617-565-2074

US Labor Department's OSHA proposes more than $62,000 in fines for Worldcolor Buffalo for hazards at Depew, NY, printing plant

BUFFALO, N.Y. The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Worldcolor Buffalo for 27 alleged violations of safety and health standards at its Depew, N.Y., printing facility. The company faces a total of $62,350 in proposed fines following OSHA inspections begun in October 2009.

Our inspections identified a cross-section of safety and health hazards that must be effectively addressed for the well-being of the workers at this plant," said Arthur Dube, OSHA's area director in Buffalo. Left uncorrected, they expose workers to the risk of lacerations, amputation, burns, hearing loss, exposure to asbestos, electric shock, or being caught or trapped in confined spaces or operating machinery."

Specifically, OSHA found instances of improper transfer and storage of flammable liquids; lack of specific lockout/tagout procedures and training to prevent the unintended startup of machines during maintenance; lack of hearing protection; inadequate respirator training, fit-testing, medical evaluation, inspection and maintenance; unguarded grinders; blocked access to electrical boxes; electrical equipment not safely maintained in hazardous locations; and accumulation of combustible dust in a work area.

In addition, the plant lacked a written program and training for employees whose duties require entry into confined spaces; failed to inform workers of the presence of asbestos containing insulation on steam pipes; and failed to provide the Hepatitis B vaccine and training to workers whose duties involved exposure to blood or other potentially inf