Region 3 News Release: USDL: III-00-08-15-064-WV
Mon., Aug. 15, 2000
Contact: Leni Uddyback-Fortson
PHONE: OFFICE: (215) 861-5102
OSHA CITES HALLTOWN, WV COMPANY FOR HEALTH AND SAFETY VIOLATIONS
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Republic Paperboard d/b/a Halltown Paperboard Co., Halltown, WV for alleged health and safety violations, and proposed penalties totaling $128,000. Halltown Paperboard is a paperboard manufacturing plant employing approximately 200 workers.
OSHA initiated its investigation on Feb. 15, 2000 under its inspection scheduling system for industries with high injury rates. According to Stanley Elliot, OSHA area director in Charleston, the company was issued 35 serious violations, with penalty of $100,500; three repeat violations, with a penalty of $27,500 and 14 other-than-serious violations, which carry no penalty.
Repeat violations were issued because the company failed to correct slippery floor conditions caused by water and wet materials, and failed to guard unguarded ditches and
unguarded runways identified during a previous inspection.
The serious violations include:
- a lack of guardrails and inadequate guardrails on open sides of working surfaces
- unguarded machinery
- lockout/tagout violations-lockout/tagout systems prevent inadvertent machine start-ups.
- electrical violations
- unprotected pits
- permit-required confined space violations
- egress violations
- lack of an eye wash and shower where caustic material is handled
- exposure to excessive noise
- incorrect wiring for flammable storage area
- lack of protective equipment for workers handling corrosive material.
The other-than-serious violations address: defective ladders, electrical violations, lack of labeling on material containers, unguarded floor holes, noise violations, respirator deficiencies and the lack of a midrail on a stair railing.
"Each of these hazards has the potential of causing an accident, and therefore jeopardizes the health and safety of workers at the plant," says Elliott.
A serious violation is defined as one in which there is a substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result, and that the employer knew or should have known of the hazard.
The company has 15 working days to contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
The inspection was conducted by the Charleston area office, 405 Capitol Street, Suite 407, Charleston, WV 25301. Telephone: (304) 347-5937.
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