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U.S. Labor Department’s OSHA proposes $61,000 in fines against Newburgh, N.Y., employer for 37 safety and health hazards

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) used its enforcement powers to cite Concept Packaging Inc. of Newburgh, N.Y., for 37 alleged violations of safety and health standards. In response to a complaint about unsafe conditions at its enamel bottling and packaging plant, OSHA proposed $61,000 in fines following OSHA inspections.

“These citations encompass a cross-section of flammable, electrical, machine guarding and exit access hazards as well as inadequate personal protective equipment, hazard communication and powered industrial truck training,” said Edward Jerome, OSHA’s area director in Albany. “These conditions must be addressed promptly and effectively so that workers are not exposed to potentially fatal burns and amputation hazards.”

No specific information is available from the New York Workers Compensation Board on whether there were actually any work-related injuries related to the conditions found by OSHA.