US Labor Department's OSHA proposes $91,800 in fines for Ohio printing
MINSTER, Ohio – Globus Printing & Packaging Co. Inc. has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for 24 safety and health violations, carrying proposed penalties of $91,800. OSHA initiated an inspection of the Minster-based manufacturing plant in August 2013 after receiving a complaint.
"Workers were exposed daily to many dangerous hazards at the Globus Printing & Packaging Co.," said Kim Nelson, OSHA's area director in Toledo. "The company lacks adequate employee training on those hazards."
Thirteen serious safety violations were cited for issues such as:
- Failing to provide electrical personal protective equipment for employees doing electrical work.
- Failing to remove damaged forklifts from service.
- Failing to maintain exit lighting and an employee alarm system.
Six health violations were cited, including:
- Failing to maintain an environment free of combustible dust.
- Not ensuring employees used eye and face protection.
- Failing to conduct and certify a personal protective equipment assessment.
- Lack of an eyewash station in the battery servicing area.
- Failing to ground drums when dispensing flammable liquids.
- Lack of training in hazard communication and safe chemical handling.
An OSHA violation is serious if death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard an employer knew or should have known exists.
Additionally, the company was cited for five other-than-serious violations for failing to mount and mark portable fire extinguishers; conduct forklift training at least every three years; improper use of power strips; evaluate workplaces for confined spaces; and inform employees of permit-required confined spaces. An other-than-serious violation is one that has a direct relationship to job safety and health, but probably would not cause death or serious physical harm.
Globus Printing & Packaging Co. employs 140 workers. The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
To ask questions, obtain compliance assistance, file a complaint, or report workplace hospitalizations, fatalities or situations posing imminent danger to workers, the public should call OSHA's toll-free hotline at 800-321-OSHA (6742) or the agency's Toledo Area Office at 419-259-7542.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.
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