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Region 5 News Release: 09-396-CHI
April 23, 2009
Contact: Scott Allen or Brad Mitchell
Phone: 312-353-6976

U.S. Labor Department's OSHA announces workplace safety violations against Dehler Manufacturing Co.
Federal agency proposes nearly $230,000 in penalties against Chicago business

CHICAGO -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed $229,500 in fines against Dehler Manufacturing Co. Inc. of Chicago for alleged willful, serious and repeat violations of federal workplace safety standards.

As a result of a safety and health inspection, OSHA has cited the company for a willful violation with a proposed penalty of $49,500. The citation addresses the company's alleged failure to protect workers from flying sparks while working in and around welding stations. OSHA defines a willful violation as one committed with plain indifference to or intentional disregard for employee safety and health.

The company also has been issued citations for 14 serious violations with proposed penalties of $47,600. Some of the citations allege that the company failed to provide proper guard protection for rotating parts, failed to provide personal protective equipment such as safety glasses or protective lenses for protection against light radiation and did not properly secure overhead portable spot welding equipment. 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.

Dehler also has received 12 citations for repeat violations with a penalty of $132,400. Some of those alleged violations address aisles and passageways not being kept clear of obstructions; lockout and tagout procedures to prevent accidental energy start-up not being followed or training for those procedures not being provided for all employees; spot welding equipment not being inspected properly and electrical equipment not being maintained properly. OSHA issues a repeat violation when it finds a substantially similar violation