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Lancaster County auto-reconditioning company faces OSHA penalties

It "jeopardized worker safety" by using spray products with toxic compounds, agency charges

Federal officials have issued 31 serious citations against an auto-reconditioning company, charging that it failed to protect workers from toxic compounds and other safety and health hazards at its Manheim facility.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the charges Tuesday against Dent Wizard International Corp., 1190 Lancaster Road.

OSHA charges that the serious violations included not training employees on chemical hazards, not evaluating the workplace for respiratory hazards and other respiratory-protection deficiencies.

The firm also faces charges of storing combustible waste in unsafe containers and not removing them daily, OSHA said in a news release.

The company responded with an emailed statement:

“Dent Wizard is committed to the safety and well-being of our employees,” the statement said. “We have cooperated fully and have taken, or are taking, the necessary actions to correct any and all perceived deficiencies.”

OSHA proposed a penalty of $51,000 against the firm.

“Dent Wizard allowed heat lamps in spray-painting booths, which created a serious fire risk and jeopardized worker safety,” said Kevin Kilp, OSHA’s area director in Harrisburg.

“This and other dangerous safety and health hazards associated with using spray products with toxic compounds highlight the importance of protecting workers through an effective workplace safety and health program,” he said, adding that Dent Wizard should take immediate action to address the hazards and ensure the safety of its workers.

OSHA, which also issued nine “other-than-serious” health and safety citations, said it had received a complaint alleging hazards in the company’s spray-painting operations, prompting an inspection in December.

Dent Wizard has 15 business days from receiving its citations and proposed penalties to either comply, request a conference with OSHA’s area director or contest the findings before an independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, OSHA added.

David O'Connor
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