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State cites uniform company for Yakima worker's injuries

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Associated Press - August 10, 2007 8:45 PM ET

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - Washington state regulators have cited the nation's largest uniform service for four safety violations after a Yakima worker's arm was reportedly shattered in a washing machine this year.

On February 22, Randy Robinson shattered his left arm at the company's industrial laundry in Yakima. His arm became tangled on coveralls hanging out of a washer, according to UNITE-HERE, a labor union that represents some Cintas workers. Robinson has since required multiple surgeries.

The citations mark the latest troubles for Cincinnati-based Cintas Corporation.

In March, five members of Congress called for a nationwide investigation of machinery safety hazards at Cintas following the death of a worker who got caught in a dryer at an Oklahoma plant.

The company has 15 days from receipt of the Washington state citations to pay $13,650 in penalties.

They were issued August 7 by the state Division of Occupational Safety and Health. Among the violations were: failure to ensure employees were safe from rotating or revolving parts, failure to ensure employees were prohibited from riding conveyers, and failure to ensure established rules and procedures provided a safe work environment.

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