Single Workplace Hit with 61 OSHA Violations
A New York paperboard mill was cited for 61 OSHA violations and faces $357,445 in proposed penalties for exposing workers to safety and health hazards.
OSHA in Syracuse opened an inspection of Carthage Specialty Paperboard Inc., on Dec. 27, 2016, in response to a complaint alleging unsafe working conditions.
Inspectors discovered employees exposed to serious safety hazards, including more than 20 instances of machinery lacking safety guards to prevent employees from the risk of amputation.
Machinery in the mill did not have safety locks to prevent the accidental start-up of machinery during maintenance, and employees did not receive required training or Personal Protective Equipment to work on electrical systems with up to 2,300 volts.
Metal catwalks did not have restraints to help protect employees from falls, some as high as 13 feet. Employees also entered confined spaces without prior atmospheric testing, or means to rescue persons overcome by fumes.
OSHA also issued citations for exposing workers to struck-by hazards when the company failed to inspect cranes and hoists.
‘Significant Number of Hazards’
“The 61 OSHA violations found during this investigation put employees at serious risk of injury or even worse,” said OSHA Area Director Christopher Adams.
“This is a significant number of hazards for a single workplace. Carthage Specialty Paperboard must implement corrective measures to protect their employees’ safety and health.”
The Carthage-based company has notified OSHA of its intent to contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
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