Region 2 News Release: NY 127
April 9, 1999
Contact: Chester J. Fultz
PHONE : 212-337-2319
MARCAL PAPER COMPANY IN ELMWOOD PARK, NEW JERSEY CITED BY OSHA
FOR ALLEGED SAFETY AND HEALTH VIOLATIONS: $129,500 IN PENALTIES PROPOSED
The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Marcal Paper Mills, Inc., 1 Market Street, Elmwood Park, New Jersey, and proposed penalties of $129,500 against the firm for two alleged willful and eight alleged serious violations of OSHA standards. The company, which manufactures paper products such as paper towels and paper napkins, has until April 28 to contest the citations.
According to OSHA area director Lisa Levy, the action results from an inspection of the company conducted from October 10, 1998 to April 5, 1999, following an accident on October 10 in which two employees were scalded while unclogging a live steam line.
OSHA cited the employer for failure to ensure that steam pressure was released before employees opened a steam pipe, and for not ensuring than steam line valves were locked or tagged, with the proper hardware before a steam pipe was opened--two alleged willful violations carrying a total proposed penalty of $110,000.
The alleged serious violations for which the employer was cited included:
Failure to ensure that employees used appropriate face protection;
Failure to properly evaluate the atmospheric conditions of confined spaces;
Failure to provide proper equipment and procedures which would allow non-entry rescue from confined spaces;
Failure to properly complete and maintain confined space entry permits;
Failure to ensure that confined space rescue team members were available to perform rescues prior to employees entering confined spaces;
Failure to establish and implement a proper energy control procedure;
Failure to completely guard drive gears on machinery;
Failure to completely guard chain and sprocket drives on machinery.
The alleged serious violation carry a proposed penalty of $19,500.
A willful violation is defined by OSHA as one committed with an intentional disregard for, or plain indifference to, the requirements of the OSHA act and regulations. A serious violation is defined as a condition which exists where there is a substantial possibility that death or serious physical harm can result.
The investigation was conducted by OSHA's Hasbrouck Heights area office, located at Teterboro Airport Professional Building, 500 Route 17, Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, telephone (201) 288-1700.
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