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Region 3 News Release: 12-356-PHI (osha 12-028)
Feb. 27, 2012
Contact: Joanna Hawkins   Leni Fortson
Phone: 215-861-5101   215-861-5102
Email: hawkins.joanna@dol.gov   uddyback-fortson.lenore@dol.gov

US Labor Department's OSHA proposes $139,000 in fines to New Jersey-based
Kuehne Chemical for workplace hazards at Delaware City, Del., facility

DELAWARE CITY, Del. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited South Kearny, N.J.-headquartered Kuehne Chemical Co. Inc. for eight repeat and 13 serious safety and health violations at its Delaware City facility. Proposed penalties total $139,000 following an inspection that was initiated as part of OSHA's Site-Specific Targeting Program for industries with high injury and illness rates.

"By disregarding OSHA's standards, this company is leaving its employees vulnerable to hazards that could cause serious injury or even death," said Domenick Salvatore, director of OSHA's Wilmington Area Office. "It is imperative that Kuehne Chemical Co. address the cited violations immediately."

The repeat violations, with $63,760 in penalties, include electrical and welding hazards, as well as the company's failure to properly guard platforms, provide machine guarding, ensure exit routes were properly marked, and ensure that the process hazard analysis addressed possible safety and health effects from failure of controls. OSHA cited the company for the same violations in 2008 and 2011. 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, with $75,