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OSHA News Release – Region 2
U.S. Department of Labor
Region 2 News Release: NY 151
May 22, 2000
Contact: Chester J. Fultz
MIDDLE FALLS, NEW YORK PAPER MILL CITED BY OSHA FOR ALLEGED REPEAT AND OTHER SAFETY VIOLATIONS: $98,500 IN PENALTIES PROPOSED
The U. S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited American Tissue Mills of Greenwich, LLC, located at 192 County Route 53, Middle Falls, New York, and proposed penalties of $98,500 against the firm, alleging two repeat, sixteen serious, and four other-than-serious violations of OSHA standards.
According to John Tomich, OSHA area director, the action results from an inspection of the mill conducted from January 3 through February 4, following a formal complaint by an employee that workers were being exposed to unsafe working conditions.
The employer was cited for failure to conduct frequent crane inspections and failure to properly guard machinery, two alleged repeat violations carrying a total proposed penalty of $50,000. The employer was previously cited on June 10, 1997 for the same alleged serious violations.
Among the alleged serious violations for which OSHA also cited the company are:
- failure to provide guardrails around open-sided platforms.
- failure to provide adequate fire alarms.
- failure to provide proper personal protective equipment.
- failure to provide eyewash and shower stations for employees.
- failure to apply lockout/tagout control devices.
- failure to guard live electrical parts.
- failure to provide proper electrical receptacles in wet or damp locations.
- failure to provide safety belts and lifelines for employees.
- failure to assure that floors were approved for maximum weight allowances.
- failure to properly guard mechanical power transmission apparatus.
The alleged serious violations carry a total proposed penalty of $48,500.
OSHA additionally cited the company for the following alleged other-than-serious violations:
- failure to keep floor free of tripping hazards.
- failure to provide standard stair railings.
- failure to replace damaged welding cable.
- failure to provide permanent electrical wiring where required.
A repeat violation is one for which an employer has previously been cited for the same or for a substantially similar violation, and which has become a final order of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. A serious violation is defined as a condition which exists where there is a substantial possibility that death or serious physical harm can result. An other-than-serious violation is a hazardous condition that would probably not cause death or serious physical harm, but would have a direct and immediate relationship to the safety and health of employees. The investigation was conducted by OSHA's Albany area office, located at 401 New Karner Road, Suite 300, Albany, N. Y. Telephone: (518) 464-6742.
The company has until June12 to contest the citations.
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