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Region 2 News Release: 14-1368-NEW/BOS 2014-129
July 28, 2014
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald    Andre J. Bowser
Phone: 617-565-2075    617-565-2074
Email: : fitzgerald.edmund@dol.gov     bowser.andre.j@dol.gov

US Department of Labor's OSHA cites Keymark Corp. for failing to protect
workers against chemical, noise and fall hazards at Fonda, New York, plant
Aluminum extruder cited for 11 serious violations

ALBANY, N.Y. – Workers at Keymark Corp.'s aluminum extruding plant on Route 334 in Fonda were exposed to the hazardous substance chromium, high noise levels and falls of up to 17 feet due to the employer's failure to provide and ensure proper safeguards. The company faces $53,000 in fines following OSHA inspections in March 2014 by the Albany Area Office, prompted by a complaint.

"These employees faced both short- and long-term risks to their health and well-being, ranging from potentially fatal falls and hearing loss to cumulative damage to the respiratory system, kidneys, liver, skin and eyes from chromium exposure," said Kimberly Castillon, OSHA's area director in Albany. "Keymark must take prompt and effective action to ensure that these conditions are corrected and do not pose future risk to employees."

OSHA found that employees were exposed to high noise levels and that Keymark did not ensure the use of hearing protectors or train workers in their use and care. Keymark failed to check that personal protective equipment, clothing