FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed penalties of $73,700 against Arch Aluminum and Glass Co. Inc. for one repeat and 10 serious safety violations found at its manufacturing plant in Fort Pierce, FL, between November 2006 and March 2007.

OSHA said it proposed one repeat citation with a proposed penalty of $50,000 for the company’s failure to develop and implement lockout/tagout procedures, which are used to prevent machinery from accidental operation while employees are making repairs. The employer already had agreed to implement lockout/tagout procedures at all of its locations during previous OSHA inspections of other company facilities.

OSHA said it also found 10 serious but unspecified safety violations resulting in $23,700 in proposed penalties. OSHA issues a serious citation when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical hard could result and the employer knew or should have known of the hazard.

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