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May 10, 2016



Lima wood pallet recycling facility exposes workers to
hearing loss, electrical and amputation hazards

Employer name: Wright Pallet Inc., Lima, Ohio

Citations issued: May 2, 2016

Investigation findings: The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration issues 12 serious safety violations to Wright Pallet Inc. Inspectors from OSHA's Toledo office opened an inspection under the Local Emphasis Program for pallet manufacturing. The agency found Wright Pallet's workers exposed to multiple hazards including hearing loss and amputation hazards.

During its investigation, the agency found the company:

Quote: "Each year, thousands of workers suffer occupational hearing loss which can be permanent and debilitating," said Kim Nelson, OSHA's area director in Toledo. "Hearing loss is preventable with proper hearing protection, training and annual audiogram testing to monitor the effects of occupational exposure. Employers like Wright Pallet have a responsibility to implement training and safety procedures that protect workers on the job."

Proposed Penalties: $51,590

View Citations here.

To ask questions, obtain compliance assistance, file a complaint, or report amputations, eye loss, 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.

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Media Contacts:

Scott Allen, 312-353-6976,
Rhonda Burke, 312-353-6976,

Release Number: 16-887-CHI

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