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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of the U.S. Department of Labor has cited Papertech Corporation of Contoocook, New Hampshire, for alleged SERIOUS, REPEAT and OTHER violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and has proposed penalties totaling $48,081 for those alleged violations.
According to David May, OSHA area director for New Hampshire, the citations are the result of simultaneous safety and health inspections of the company's facilities at 1966 Maple St., Rt. 127 in Contoocook, which were conducted between August 11 and September 21, 1999. The company is a paper mill in the business of processing recycled paper. May noted that these inspections were conducted under the agency's site specific targeting program which focuses on companies with high injury and illness rates. Under the targeting program, the lost workday injury and illness rate which would trigger an inspection is 16.0 per hundred workers; Papertech had a rate well above that.
"What we found," said May, "were employees being exposed to a variety of workplace hazards ranging from wet and slippery work areas, to unguarded moving machine parts, to the use of unsafe forklift trucks, to lack of proper eyewash facilities where caustic chemicals were being used. Especially disturbing is the fact that this employer has been cited for many of these violations before, which is why several of them are categorized as repeat violations. There is simply no excuse for this."
Specifically, he noted, the company is being cited for the following alleged violations:
May urged New Hampshire employers and employees with questions regarding safety and health standards to contact the OSHA area office in Concord. He added that OSHA's toll-free nationwide hotline -- 1-800-321-OSHA (1-800-321-6742) -- may be used to report workplace accidents and fatalities or situations posing imminent danger to workers, especially those situations which occur outside of normal business hours.
A serious violation is defined as one in which there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result, and the employer knew, or should have known, of the hazard.
A repeat violation is defined by OSHA as one where, upon reinspection, a substantially similar violation is found.
An other-than-serious violation is a condition which would probably not cause death or serious physical harm, but would have a direct and immediate impact on the safety and health of employees.
OSHA is empowered by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 to issue standards and rules requiring employers to provide their employees with safe and healthful workplaces and jobsites, and to assure through workplace inspections that those standards are followed.
The company has 15 working days from receipt of the citations and proposed penalties to either elect to comply with them, request and participate in an informal conference with the OSHA area director, or contest them before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
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