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Region 2 News Release: 11-1798-NEW/BOS 2012-002
Jan. 6, 2012
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: 617-565-2074
Email: fitzgerald.edmund@dol.gov

US Labor Department's OSHA proposes $90,000 in fines against
Avon, NY, manufacturer for repeat and serious safety hazards

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Gray Metal Products for alleged repeat and serious violations of workplace safety standards at its plant in Avon. The metal products manufacturer faces a total of $90,040 in proposed fines following an OSHA inspection begun on Oct. 28.

"Our inspection identified several instances of hazards that were cited and corrected following a 2007 OSHA inspection, but which have since recurred," said Arthur Dube, OSHA's area director in Buffalo. "Failing to address these, as well as other newly identified hazards, exposes employees to potentially deadly or disabling injuries from falls, electric shock, lacerations, battery acid burns, or being struck by or caught in moving machine parts."

The recurring hazards included failure to periodically inspect all hazardous energy control procedures, not locking out machines' power sources during maintenance, not training employees in hazardous energy control procedures and several instances of unguarded moving machine parts. These conditions resulted in citations for four repeat violations carrying $55,440 in 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. Similar violations were cited in 2007 and 2008.

The latest inspection also found a damaged ladder and defective fall protection equipment, misused