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Region 4 News Release: 11-148-ATL (54)
Feb. 17, 2011
Contact: Michael D'Aquino       Michael Wald
Phone: 404-562-2076       404-562-2078
E-mail: d'aquino.michael@dol.gov       wald.michael@dol.gov

US Labor Department's OSHA cites Prologix Distribution Services
in Doral, Fla., following incident in which worker's arm was amputated
Investigations reveal 14 safety and health violations

DORAL, Fla. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Prologix Distribution Services-East LLC with 14 safety and health violations following an incident in which a worker suffered an amputation at the company's Doral facility.

OSHA began a safety investigation in August 2010 following a report that an employee had his right arm amputated at the elbow after he was trapped in a machine. In September, the agency began a separate inspection focused on health-related concerns at the plant.

"Employees should not have to risk their lives for a paycheck," said Darlene Fossum, OSHA's area director in Fort Lauderdale. "This amputation would not have occurred if the company had been following proper safety procedures and maintaining its equipment."

Penalties for the citations total $239,000. Following the safety inspection, OSHA cited Prologix for three willful violations carrying a proposed fine of $210,000. The violations include exposing employees to being caught in moving machinery parts due to a lack of procedures to lock out accidental energy start-up, failing to provide employees with training related to lockout safety procedures and allowing access guard doors to remain fully open while machinery is being operated. A willful violation exists when an employer has demonstrated either an intentional disregard