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PENALTIES TOTAL $80,000
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced today that Miami Valley Paper Company, Franklin, Ohio, has agreed to pay a penalty of $80,000, conduct comprehensive safety and health inspections, and provide additional training to workers following an accident that led to the death of a worker.
According to William M. Murphy, area director for the Cincinnati OSHA office, OSHA's began the on-site inspection on February 22, 1999, the day of the accident, at the Miami Valley Paper Company, 413 Oxford Road, Franklin. OSHA completed the inspection on March 19, 1999.
As a result of the inspection, OSHA issued citations alleging that the company failed to adequately train workers on the hazards of chemicals and measures that workers should take to protect themselves from chemicals. Additional violations related to inadequate training of employees on confined space procedures and lockout, failure to ensure that employees follow established procedures for lockout and confined space, failure to provide and ensure use of explosion-proof electrical equipment in hazardous locations, and inadequate documented lockout procedures. OSHA also cited the firm for an inadequate permit-required confined space program, inadequate personal protective equipment, failure to adequately assess the need for personal protective equipment, and failure to adequately train workers on the use of personal protective equipment.
Miami Valley Paper Company Inc. agreed to engage the services of an independent consultant to conduct comprehensive safety and health inspections at its facility over the next two years, and to provide additional training for its production and maintenance supervisory personnel and members of its plant safety committee.
Murphy commented, "I am pleased with Miami Valley Paper's commitment to enhance its safety and health program by conducting additional employee training and periodic safety and health audits by an independent consultant."
Miami Valley Paper Company manufactures coated paper and coatings used in their production operations.
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