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Region 5 News Release: 14-742-CHI
May 12, 2014
Contact: Scott Allen      Rhonda Burke
Phone:       312-353-6976
Email: allen.scott@dol.gov      burke.rhonda@dol.gov

US Department of Labor's OSHA proposes $63,000 in penalties for exposing
worker to struck-by hazards, other violations at Big 3 Precision Products

CENTRALIA, Ill. – Big 3 Precision Products Inc., which manufactures industrial machine products, has been cited for five safety violations by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The complaint investigation found a willful violation of forklift standards for allowing employees to stand or pass under the elevated portion of forklifts at the Centralia facility. Proposed penalties total $63,000.

"Employers that allow workers to stand or pass under elevated forklifts expose them to dangerous struck-by hazards. Injuries involving machinery and equipment often result in death or permanent disability," said Aaron Priddy, OSHA's area director in Fairview Heights.

A willful violation is one committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law's requirement, or with plain indifference to employee safety and health.

OSHA QuickCard: Protect Yourself. Amputations. Amputations are widespread and involve a variety of activities and equipment. Each year, thousands of workers lose fingers, hands, feet, and other body parts-mostly through compression, crushing, or by getting them caught between or struck by objects. Most amputations involve fingertips.

Four serious violations involved lack of machine guarding on portable grinders, w