Company to Pay $350,000 Fine, Hire Consultant

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A manufacturer of equipment for hazardous locations has agreed to pay a $350,000 penalty and will hire a consultant to monitor its progress in correcting health and safety hazards following a fatal accident, OSHA said July 26.

Crouse-Hinds, a division of Cooper Industries Inc. in Syracuse, N.Y., will pay the fine to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as a result of the Jan. 26, 1999, accident at the company's Wolf Street facility, which employs 1,050 workers. Anthony Pullano of Syracuse was killed during start-up of a muller.

OSHA cited the company for alleged deficiencies in programs and procedures relating to lockout/tagout of machinery, confined space entry and machinery guarding. Additional violations involved hazards that could lead to slips and falls or result in workers being struck by equipment or materials.

Crouse-Hinds will hire the consultant within 90 days. The consultant will provide quarterly progress reports for the next year to OSHA and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

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