City of Paducah to Meet with Kentucky Labor Cabinet Following Inspection

Date of release:  May 31, 2019

On May 30, the City of Paducah received a report from the Kentucky Labor Cabinet Division of OSH Compliance.  The report, Citation and Notification of Penalty, was issued following inspections in November 2018 and February 2019 of facilities maintained by the Parks & Recreation Department. 

The City has reviewed the report and requested an informal conference with the Division.  During this conference, which is scheduled for June 7 in Frankfort, the City will present evidence demonstrating the City’s efforts over the past few months to correct safety issues listed in the report which could lead to an adjustment to the citations and penalties that currently total $37,150.

City Manager Jim Arndt says, “The safety of City of Paducah employees is one of our highest priorities.  We are committed to providing and maintaining a safe workplace.  I am proud that we hold each other accountable so that everyone remains healthy.”

Parks & Recreation Department Director Mark Thompson says, “I have appreciated the opportunity to work with Kentucky Labor Cabinet.  The inspections have been great opportunities to reinforce the importance of wearing personal protective equipment, maintaining and inspecting equipment, and stocking necessary supplies and hazard mitigation equipment.  The City’s employees have made these topics part of weekly safety briefings and daily discussions.”

In November 2018, a Division representative conducted an inspection of specific Parks & Recreation Department facilities after receiving a complaint.  During the November inspection, it was noted that several of the complaints were unfounded or inaccurate in description.  However, other safety concerns were noted and have since been corrected or are being addressed.  Corrections that have been addressed since November 2018 are as follows:

  • Stocked first aid kits and spill kits in trucks lacking kits;
  • Repaired broken lights on a trailer;
  • Stocked facilities with required personal protective equipment;
  • Updated safety data sheets in locations where chemicals are stored;
  • Installed an eye wash station at the Robert Coleman Sprayground; and
  • Worked to ensure confined space entry and training policies and procedures are in place and ordered confined space warning signage for the pump pits at the Noble Park Pool and the Robert Coleman Sprayground.

The Citation and Notification of Penalty report provides a deadline of June 3, 2019, to correct the alleged violations.  All alleged violations listed in the report are being addressed or have been corrected by the Parks & Recreation Department.

As part of the compliance requirements, the report has been posted in various Parks & Recreation Department locations.