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Region 5 News Release: 12-646-CHI
April 23, 2012
Contact: Scott Allen      Rhonda Burke
Phone:       312-353-6976
Email: allen.scott@dol.gov      burke.rhonda@dol.gov

US Department of Labor's OSHA cites Duraframe Dipnet for 20 safety
violations at Viola, Wis., plant; proposed penalties total more than $71,000

VIOLA, Wis. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Duraframe Dipnet with 20 safety violations - including three repeat - at the net manufacturer's Viola facility. Proposed penalties total $71,400 following OSHA's inspection, which was initiated Nov. 28 based on a complaint.

The repeat violations include allowing the accumulation of combustible material in the paint spray area, lacking a tongue guard on the grinding wheel and not guarding a belt on a lathe. 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 2009.

"Employers such as Duraframe Dipnet that are cited for repeat violations demonstrate a lack of commitment to workers' safety and health," said Kim Stille, OSHA's area director in Madison. "OSHA is committed to protecting workers on the job, especially when employers fail to do so."

Sixteen serious violations involve failing to maintain sanitary conditions in walkways, guard machinery and provide hazard communication training. The violations also include various electrical and respiratory hazards, including the lack of a written respiratory protection program. 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.

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