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Region 3 News Release: 12-110-PHI (osha 12-012)
Jan. 30, 2012
Contact: Leni Fortson   Joanna Hawkins
Phone: 215-861-5102   215-861-5101
Email: uddyback-fortson.lenore@dol.gov   hawkins.joanna@dol.gov

US Labor Department's OSHA cites Scranton, Pa., tire company
for repeatedly exposing employees to workplace safety hazards

SCRANTON, Pa. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Scranton Dunlop Inc., doing business as Sandone Tire, for 19 including four repeat safety violations at its Scranton facility. OSHA initiated an inspection as part of the agency's Site-Specific Targeting Program for industries with high injury and illness rates. Proposed penalties total $58,800.

The repeat violations with $26,600 in penalties include failing to ensure that open-sided floors and/or platforms 4 feet or higher above the ground were guarded with standard railings and toe boards; ensure that employees were able to open an exit route door from the inside at all times without keys, tools or special knowledge; properly guard pulleys with parts 7 feet or lower from the floor or work platform; properly guard horizontal belts; provide proper covers for all pull boxes and fittings; and install face plates for snap switches mounted in boxes. The company was cited for the same violations in 2008. 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.

"By failing to correct these hazards, Scranton Dunlop continues to leave workers vulnerable to the risk of serious injuries and possible death," said Mark Stelmack, OSHA's area