March 29, 2011 | last updated May 31, 2012 4:59 pm

OSHA slams CT plant during Malloy tour

Federal authorities announced Tuesday 17 alleged serious workplace safety violations against Volvo Aero Connecticut at the same time that Gov. Dannel P. Malloy was touring the Newington airplane-parts maker.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Volvo Aero created an unsafe workplace, among other alleged serious violations, filled with toxic, explosive chemicals and hazardous equipment.

At 2:35 p.m., when OSHA publicly announced proposed fines totaling $83,400, Malloy was on a tour of Volvo Aero's production plant at 179 Louis St. and meeting with company officials, authorities said.

According to OSHA's Boston regional office spokesman Ted Fitzgerald, citations were issued March 18 and Volvo Aero received them on March 21. The company was scheduled to meet with OSHA later this week, he said.

"This had no connection with a visit by anybody,'' Fitzgerald said. "This is absolutely a coincidence.''

Malloy spokeswoman Juliet Manalan said the governor's office was unaware of the situation.

"Obviously, the governor fully supports OSHA doing its job,'' Manalan said in an email Tuesday.

Volvo Aero officials were said to be meeting with the governor and not immediately available for comment

Often, according to the Hartford Business Journal's own findings last October, OSHA's alleged violations and proposed fines against an employer are negotiated down to a level much less than the agency's original, highly publicized charges.

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