10.11.2006 Email to Alan Haungs from office of “UB OSHA” Nancy Hutchison re: Alan Haungs initiating contact for the seeking-out of information on how-to-file a (not internal to UB) but government OSHA complaint against CRS

KEY POINTS:

  • The take away of this email is to show that I began taking steps to report to OSHA what was going on in our department prior to my receiving any discipline.
  • Nancy Hutchison was my UB contact person who informed me how-to-file a OSHA complaint against CRS. In this email she sent to me the contact address and phone number of OSHA.
  • I turned to OSHA for help as it was becoming obvious that Director Dr. Nabi, Vise Director Dr. Ackerhalt, Supervisor Erol Bars and Supervisor Dr. Lynn Kaczmarek  had every intention to resist a LOTO policy implementation.
  • The morning OSHA called the CRS Department to arrange an inspection date, that very same day near the end of the day, “OUT OF THE BLUE”,  I was handed a “Final Warning Letter” hastily written by Supervisor Dr. Lynn Kaczmarek, in which even my name was misspelled.  Supervisor Lynn Kaczmarek’s “Final Warning Letter” to me cited an instance where I was doing what our Vice Director told me to do, rather than what she wanted me to do.
  • I was informed that OHSA called CRS that morning by a friend, Rebecca Goodman, who was our department’s HR person, the same day I was handed my “Final Warning”.
  • It was typical for Director Dr. Nabi, Vice Director Dr. Ackerhalt, Supervisor Erol Bars and Supervisor Lynn Kaczmarek to speak to me individually and contradict what the another manager would say, thus it was just a matter of time that one of them could and would accuse me of being insubordinate, for any action or inaction I took.
  • CRS was found totally lacking and fined by OSHA for no LOTO policy.
  • During the OSHA inspection, I inadvertently overheard Supervisor Erol Bars and Vice Director Dr. Ackerhalt naively try to convince the OSHA Inspector that machine interlocks are adequate safeguards, thus shockingly demonstrating to the OSHA Inspector their complete misunderstanding of what LOTO means, as I had already and repeatedly tried to inform them.

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