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Region 4 News Release: 12-342-ATL (084)
March 12, 2012
Contact: Michael D'Aquino    Michael Wald
Phone: 404-562-2076    404-562-2078
Email: d'aquino.michael@dol.gov     wald.michael@dol.gov

US Department of Labor's OSHA cites 2 Davie, Fla., companies
for safety violations; proposes more than $59,000 in penalties

DAVIE, Fla. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited two Davie companies owned by the Maurer family, Merlin Industries Inc. and Thermal Concepts Inc., with 17 safety violations. OSHA began an inspection in September at Merlin Industries as part of the agency's National Emphasis Program on Amputations and then expanded the inspection to include Thermal Concepts once it was determined that both companies share the same building. Proposed penalties for the companies' violations total $59,100.

OSHA cited Merlin Industries for 11 serious violations with $48,300 in proposed penalties for failing to certify periodic inspections of energy control procedures, certify that training on energy control procedures was completed, anchor machines to the floor, guard gears and chains on fabrication equipment, properly store oxygen and acetylene cylinders, provide machine guarding and repair a variety of electrical deficiencies. Thermal Concepts has been cited for two serious violations with $10,800 in proposed fines for failing to guard open-sided floor areas as well as to store oxygen and acetylene cylinders away from combustible materials. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

Thermal Concepts also has been cited for four other-than-serious violations with no monetary penalties for failing to keep areas in the facility clean and orderly, not having floor load place cards available and posted in the warehouse, failing to mount a portable fire extingu