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Region 1 News Release: 11-978-BOS/BOS 2011-240
July 5, 2011
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
US Labor Department's OSHA cites Bethel, Conn., machine shop for
repeat and serious hazards, proposes more than $55,000 in fines
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited DCG-PMI, doing business as DCG Precision Manufacturing, for eight repeat and seven serious alleged violations of workplace safety standards. The Bethel machine shop faces a total of $55,440 in proposed fines following an OSHA inspection that began in March.
OSHA found several conditions similar to those cited during a 2006 inspection of the shop. Repeat violations with $32,340 in fines include slipping and tripping hazards from the accumulation of oil and grease on walking and working surfaces around machines; not conducting workplace hazard assessments to determine personal protective equipment needed by employees; failing to evaluate powered industrial truck operators every three years; a lack of chemical hazard information and training; and four instances of incomplete recording of injuries or illnesses. 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.
"While the employer has promptly addressed these hazards, they should not have existed in the first place, let alone the second," said Robert Kowalski, OSHA's area director in Bridgeport. "Once employers identify and eliminate hazardous conditions, they need to take effective steps to prevent them from recurring."