OSHA has cited a manufacturer and a recycling company for safety violations that failed to protect workers in their facilities.
Manufacturer Cited for Violations at Two Sites
A Little Falls, NY manufacturer was cited by OSHA for repeat safety violations at two sites and faces more than $298,000 in proposed fines.
During an OSHA inspection at one location, inspectors found that stairways lacked railings, papermaking machines lacked guarding, and there was an electrical hazard connected to some electrical equipment in use. Also uncovered were fall hazards, a lack of eyewash stations and more machine guarding and electrical hazards.
At the other location, OSHA inspectors revealed violations for exposure to combustible paper dust, electrical issues and a malfunctioning exit light. There were also repeat violations for insufficient machine guarding.
Recycling Company Receives 24 Violations
OSHA cited a Lubbock, Texas recycling company with 24 safety and health violations that carry a proposed fine of $64,400. The company exposed workers to unguarded machinery and electrical, noise, chemical and fall hazards.
Among the most serious violations were failure to maintain electrical components in accordance with standards for safe electrical installations and failure to train workers about lead and cadmium hazards.
Other, less severe, violations included failure to remove damaged slings from use and failure to establish a respiratory protection program.