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OSHA Cites Paper Company For Numerous Safety Violations After Worker’s Death

Newman and Co., a Philadelphia-based paper manufacturing company, was recently cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for numerous safety and health violations in the workplace which resulted in the death of one of the company’s employees.

The individual was crushed to death in June 2010 during paper hopper loading operations. What resulted was a number of citations for “39 serious and 4 other-than-serious violations” according to the website workerscompensation.com.

Newman and Co. is now facing more than $86,000 in fines, according to the article, as a result of violations which included:

  • Blocked fire exits;
  • Electrical hazards;
  • Failure to remove hazardous objects from the aisles;
  • Inadequate machine guards;
  • Inadequate protection (lockout/tagout) against hazardous energy sources;
  • Ineffective pest control.

The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 was passed into law to ensure employers were responsible for the safety and health of their employees in the workplace. OSHA enforces these standards in order to ensure the safety and health of U.S. employees in all types of industries. Additionally, OSHA also provides assistance, educational materials, and training to ensure that these policies are strictly followed in the workplace.

All persons injured at work should immediately seek a consult with an experienced attorney. For more than 40 years, Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys has represented thousands of workers injured in the workplace. We would be happy to offer a free consultation with absolutely no obligation. Please contact us today for a free consultation.

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