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Region 7 News Release: 11-1175-KAN
Aug. 9, 2011
Contact: Scott Allen      Rhonda Burke
Phone: 312-353-6976      312-353-4807
Email: allen.scott@dol.gov      burke.rhonda@dol.gov

US Department of Labor's OSHA cites American Pulverizer Co. in
St. Louis, Mo., for 33 safety violations; $121,100 proposed in fines
Employees exposed to numerous occupational hazards

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited St. Louis-based manufacturer American Pulverizer Co. for one repeat, 31 serious and one other-than-serious safety violation. OSHA's inspection of the reduction equipment manufacturing facility was initiated in February under a local emphasis program focused on electrical safety in general industry establishments. Proposed penalties total $121,100.

"There is no excuse for such lack of attention to hazards in the work environment," said Charles Adkins, OSHA's regional administrator in Kansas City, Mo. "It is imperative that employers take the necessary steps to provide a safe workplace for all employees in order to prevent needless injuries or worse."

The repeat violation relates to a lack of grounding continuity in electrical equipment. A similar violation was cited in October 2006. 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.

The serious violations address hazards associated with cranes, lockout/tagout of energy sources, powered industrial trucks, electrical equipment, flammable liquids and gas, welding, h