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Region 1 News Release: 11-410-BOS/BOS 2011-108
March 24, 2011
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: 617-565-2074
E-mail: fitzgerald.edmund@dol.gov

US Labor Department's OSHA proposes more than $49,000 in fines against
Lawrence, Mass., metal finishing plant for repeat and serious safety hazards

ANDOVER, Mass. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited C.I.L. Inc. for alleged repeat and serious violations of workplace safety standards at the company's plant located at 400 Canal St. in Lawrence.

The company, which performs metal finishing, anodizing and hard coat services, faces a total of $49,280 in proposed fines following an inspection conducted under OSHA's Site-Specific Targeting Program, which directs inspections to workplaces with higher-than-average injury and illness rates.

OSHA's latest inspection, opened in December 2010, found hazards at the plant similar to those cited during inspections in 2005 and 2007, including extension cords used in place of permanent wiring to power equipment and inadequate air velocity for a paint spray booth. The first condition poses an electrocution or electric shock hazard to workers while the second could expose them to hazardous fumes and/or a buildup of flammable vapors. These conditions resulted in the issuance of two repeat citations with $26,950 in proposed fines. A repeat violation exists 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.

Five serious citations with $22,330 in fines were issued for inadequate ventilation in an area where flammable materials are stored; waste cans and other materials stored too close to paint spray booths; exces