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Region 3 News Release: 11-1540-PHI (osha 11-148)
Nov. 3, 2011
Contact: Joanna Hawkins
Phone: 215-861-5101
Email: hawkins.joanna@dol.gov

US Labor Department's OSHA proposes more than $62,000 in fines to Elm
Grove, W.Va., company for exposing workers to safety and health hazards

ELM GROVE, W.Va. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Elm Grove-based Uwanta Linen Supply Inc. for 21 safety and health violations that exposed workers to a variety of hazards. Proposed penalties total $62,400.

Eighteen serious safety and health violations, with penalties of $61,200, include failing to evaluate the facility to determine if any areas were permit-required confined spaces; properly guard floor holes; develop written energy control procedures for machines with multiple energy sources; mount portable fire extinguishers, perform annual maintenance checks on them and train employees on their use; examine forklifts before placing them in service; conduct an exposure determination for workers with exposure to bloodborne pathogens; provide fall protection for employees working on an elevated platform using forklifts; provide personal protective equipment; provide a suitable facility for quick drenching or flushing of the eyes and/or body for workers exposed to injurious corrosive materials; provide a hand-washing facility readily accessible to employees; provide appropriate safety and machine guarding; provide hepatitis B vaccines to employees potentially exposed to bloodborne pathogens; ensure that all work areas were clean and in an orderly and sanitary condition; ensure that an emergency exit door was unlocked and unimpeded; ensure that electrical equipment was free from recognized hazards; keep the area ar