Shea-Porter to Discuss Workplace Accidents at Cintas Corporation

Shea-Porter Joins Other Key Members of the Education and Labor Committee

WASHINGTON , DC – Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter will participate in a press call on Wednesday, April 23, to discuss the uneven enforcement of Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations. The discussion will center on the case of Eleazer Torres-Gomez, who was burned to death in an industrial dryer at the Cintas Corporation in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Employees of the Cintas Corporation, as well as prominent members of the House Committee on Education and Labor, will participate in the call.

OSHA levied a $2.8 million fine against Cintas for violations in connection with Mr. Torres-Gomez’ death – the largest fine yet levied against a service sector company. However, there have been persistent reports of more widespread problems at the company.

More than a year ago, Congresswoman Shea-Porter, along with other members of the Subcommittee, called for a full-scale investigation of workplace hazards at Cintas Corporation facilities around the country. OSHA has not yet undertaken a wider investigation of Cintas.

Since 2001, the Bush administration has cut the OSHA budget by $25.4 million and it has eliminated hundreds of employees.