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Region 6 News Release: DOL-OSHA-10-658-DAL
May 20, 2010
Contact: Michael Wald Michael D'Aquino
Phone: 404-562-2078 404-562-2076
Email: Wald.Michael@dol.gov D'Aquino.Michael@dol.gov

US Labor Department's OSHA cites Mueller Copper Tube Products
in Wynne, Ark., for exposing workers to variety of hazards

WYNNE, Ark. ⿿ The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Mueller Copper Tube Products, a subsidiary of Mueller Industries Inc. in Wynne, with safety and health violations following an inspection at the company's worksite on North Falls Boulevard. The privately held corporation, headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., owns and operates 20 facilities located in eight states and two foreign countries. Proposed penalties total $70,675.

"The presence of multiple health and safety hazards at this facility exposed workers to serious injuries," said Carlos Reynolds, area director of OSHA's Little Rock Area Office.

OSHA's Little Rock office began its investigation on Jan. 27. The safety portion of the inspection resulted in four serious violations including failing to provide chains on platforms to protect workers from falling, to ensure workers were knowledgeable about the proper use of compressed air, and to repair or maintain electrical conduits. A serious citation is issued when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known. Two repeat safety violations were issued for failing to provide machine guarding and to ensure shafts were adequately guarded. OSHA issues repeat violations if an employer previously has been cited for the same or a substantially similar condition or hazard at any other facility in federal enforcement states