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Region 2 News Release: 10-1677-NEW / BOS 2010-488
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: 617-565-2074
E-mail: fitzgerald.edmund@dol.gov

US Labor Department's OSHA proposes $71,000 in fines against Rochester,
NY, stainless steel fabricator for recurring and other hazards

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Cannon Industries Inc. for alleged repeat and serious violations of workplace safety standards at its Rochester, N.Y., plant. The stainless steel fabricator faces a total of $71,000 in proposed fines for hazardous energy control, machine guarding and electrical hazards.

OSHA's inspection found that workers performing service and maintenance on various machines had not been adequately trained in hazardous energy control, and had not affixed lockout devices to machines before performing service and maintenance. In addition, brakes on mechanical power presses were not guarded to prevent employees from being caught in their moving parts. OSHA had cited the company in December 2007 for similar hazards. As a result, OSHA now has issued the company three repeat citations with $42,000 in proposed fines for these recurring hazards. A repeat violation is issued when an employer previously has been cited for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years.

"OSHA's hazardous energy control standard requires that machines' power sources be isolated and locked out to prevent their unintended activation during service or maintenance," said Arthur Dube, OSHA's area director in Buffalo. "Failure to train workers and follow proper procedures exposes these employees to potential serious injury or death."

The company also has been issued six serious citations with $29,000 in fines for newly identifi