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Region 5 News Release: 12-1502-CHI
Aug. 9, 2012
Contact: Scott Allen      Rhonda Burke
Phone:         312-353-6976
Email: allen.scott@dol.gov    burke.rhonda@dol.gov

US Labor Department's OSHA cites Hebco Products in Bucyrus, Ohio,
for 14 violations, including exposing workers to amputation hazards

BUCYRUS, Ohio – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Hebco Products Inc. in Bucyrus with 14 safety violations, including two repeat violations for failing to guard machines to prevent amputation injuries as well as document and use machine-specific procedures to prevent the unexpected start up of equipment. Proposed penalties total $95,700.

"Employers such as Hebco that are cited for repeat violations demonstrate a lack of commitment to worker safety and health," said Kimberly Nelson, OSHA's area director in Toledo. "Employers are responsible for establishing a safe environment for their workers and knowing the hazards that exist in their workplaces. OSHA is committed to protecting workers on the job."

OSHA initiated an inspection under the agency's Site-Specific Targeting Program, which targets industries with the highest rates of workplace injuries and illnesses. Establishments are randomly selected for inspection from a primary list of 3,700 manufacturing, nonmanufacturing, and nursing and personal care facilities.

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.

Twelve serious safety violations involve failing to provide personal protective equipment for workers handling sulfuric acid, conduct annual periodic inspections of energy control procedures, ensure that workers are