OSHA Cites Medley, Fla., Manufacturer for 12 Safety Violations

Aug. 1, 2008
Safety is out of tune at a manufacturing facility in Medley, Fla. OSHA is proposing $64,250 in penalties following an inspection of Konie Cups International's

Safety is out of tune at a manufacturing facility in Medley, Fla.

OSHA is proposing $64,250 in penalties following an inspection of Konie Cups International's Medley, Fla., manufacturing plant, which revealed 12 alleged safety violations.

OSHA has proposed one willful violation with a $49,000 penalty. The willful violation stems from the fact that despite an earlier warning given to the company by local fire officials, OSHA discovered during its inspection that an exit door was locked and the key not easily accessible to all employees in case of an emergency.

The company was issued seven serious safety violations with penalties totaling $12,750. Employee safety was at risk because liquid propane tanks were stored near an exit route and too many tanks of the explosive gas were stored inside the building. Other problems included electrical hazards, slip and fall hazards, lack of eye protection, lack of a hearing conservation program, exposing employees to amputation hazards and lack of an established lockout/tagout program to prevent machines' unintended startup.

OSHA also has cited Konie Cups International for four other-than-serious violations with proposed penalties of $2,500.

“If a fire occurred in this plant, employees could die because this employer chose to ignore basic safety precautions,” said Darlene Fossum, OSHA's area director in Fort Lauderdale.

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