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Proposed OSHA Fines and Citations


Cincinnati – August 17, 2007 — Cintas experienced workplace incidents at its laundry facilities earlier this year, including one that took the life of a fellow employee. Cintas CEO Scott Farmer offers the following statement in response to proposed fines and citations from OSHA:

“Any accident is one too many at Cintas, and we remain heartbroken over the loss of our friend and partner. Since these events, we’ve been cooperating with OSHA as its inspectors reviewed these incidents – working with inspectors as they studied the washroom equipment, interviewed employees, examined each person’s actions, and reviewed our policies and training records. It’s important to note that much of what the inspectors found was in compliance, reflecting our long-standing commitments to workplace safety.

However, we just received the inspectors’ reports in which they propose certain citations and fines. 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. In the meantime, we will continue to improve and refine our safety procedures, as we always have.

“We have purposefully created strong policies and procedures, demonstrated by a safety record that is 20 to 30 percent better than comparably-sized laundry facilities. We have created an executive safety advisory council, which is getting input from national safety experts — including a former head of OSHA — to help identify additional areas of continual improvement. As I’ve noted many times before, there is nothing more important than our employees’ safety.”

For More Information, Contact:
Pam Lowe of Cintas
(513) 573-4017

 



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