Exposure to amputation hazards was ‘willful’: OSHA

by on September 3, 2014 · 0 Comment POSTED IN: Workplace Safety Network
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A Paterson, NJ-based manufacturer faces $90,300 in penalties for allegedly leaving machines unguarded, thus exposing workers to amputation hazards. OSHA said the unguarded-machinery violations at the Film Pak Extrusion LLC plant were willful.

The agency also issued 12 serious citations, including:

  • not clearing exit routes
  • not implementing a lockout/tagout program
  • not inspecting industrial trucks prior to use
  • not implementing a hearing-conservation program
  • not providing hearing protection, and
  • not maintaining washing facilities.

Bottom line: OSHA expects companies to be aware of OSHA rule to the point where unguarded machinery can be classified as willful, which means greater fines and increases the chances of follow-up inspections.

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