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Region 5 News Release: 10-1469-CHI
Oct. 27, 2010
Contact: Rhonda Burke       Scott Allen
Phone: 312-353-6976       312-353-4727
Email: burke.rhonda@dol.gov       allen.scott@dol.gov

US Labor Department's OSHA fines Lake Villa employer $140,700
for failing to lock out machine energy sources and endangering workers

LAKE VILLA, Ill. — The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited C & F Packing Co. Inc. of Lake Villa with two alleged willful and 12 serious violations for failing to ensure lockout procedures and guarding devices were applied to machinery. Proposed fines total $140,700.

"C & F Packing has demonstrated a disregard for worker safety by placing workers at risk for serious injury from machine rotating parts," said OSHA Area Director Diane M. Turek in Des Plaines, Ill. "That is not acceptable, and we are committed to seeing that the workers at this facility are provided a safe and healthy workplace."

OSHA initiated its inspection in April. As a result, the company was cited for two willful citations with proposed fines of $112,000 for failing to ensure lockout devices were applied to machinery when workers were performing tasks where lockout was required and for failing to ensure rotating parts on machinery were properly guarded. A willful violation is one committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law's requirements, or plain indifference to employee safety and health.

The serious violations with proposed penalties of $28,700 were cited for failing to provide standard railings on open-sided platforms, require protective eye and face wear for employees working with corrosive chemicals, conduct required periodic inspections of energy control procedures, provide training on lockout/tagout procedures and ensure guards were affixed to machinery to cover da