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OSHA Proposes $2.78 Million Penalty for Employee Death

Cincinnati, OH – An employee killed in an industrial dryer accident resulted in proposed $2.78 million in OSHA fines.  In March, an employee at a Cintas laundry facility in Tulsa, OK, was killed when he fell into an industrial dryer while clearing a jam of wet laundry on a conveyor.  OSHA issued 42 willful citations for violations related to the lockout/tagout standard. OSHA also issued one “Repeat” citation for failure to protect employees from being struck or pinned by a conveyor, and three “Serious” citations. In response to the citations and proposed fines, Scott Farmer, Cintas CEO,  issued a statement declaring that the company would continue improving and refining its safety procedures: “While we respectfully disagree with the inspectors’ opinions, we look forward to our chance over the next several weeks to present our insight and evidence to the agency as we work toward a resolution.” Cintas is a Cincinnati-based uniform clothing supplier.

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