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    :: Tuesday, March 13, 2007 ::

    House Leaders Want Cintas Inquiry - By Katherine Torres, Occupational Hazards
    Congressional leaders sent a letter to OSHA Administrator Edwin Foulke Jr. urging him to to call for a full investigation into the safety hazards at industrial laundry facilities owned by Cintas Corp., following the March 6 death of a worker.

    In the letter, U.S. Reps. Lynn Woolsey, D-Calif., Phil Hare, D-Ill., Tim Bishop, D-N.Y., and other Democratic members of the House Committee on Education and Labor's Workforce Protections Subcommittee urge Foulke to “undertake immediate investigation of all Cintas laundries – both in federal jurisdiction and in those covered by state plans.”

    The legislators want to know if all Cintas facilities have the same faulty equipment that caused the death of Eleazar Torres-Gomez, who became trapped in an industrial dryer for at least 20 minutes after he was dragged in by a large robotic conveyor used to transfer uniforms from washers to dryers. (For more, read “Unions Demand OSHA Probe of Cintas.”)
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