Paperboard mill faces charges for 61 safety and health hazards

Paperboard mill faces charges for 61 safety and health hazards

A paperboard mill in New York has been cited for exposing workers to 61 safety and health hazards.

OSHA in Syracuse conducted an inspection on the site in December 2016 following a complaint alleging unsafe working conditions. Inspectors saw employees exposed to serious safety hazards, including more than 20 instances of machinery lacking safety guards to prevent employees from the risk of amputation.

Inspectors found machinery in the mill did not have safety locks to prevent the accidental start-up of machinery during maintenance, and employees did not receive required training or Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to work on electrical systems with up to 2,300 volts. Metal catwalks did not have restraints to help protect employees from falls as high as 13 feet. Employees also entered confined spaces without prior atmospheric testing, or means to rescue persons overcome by fumes.

Citations were also issued for exposing workers to struck-by hazards when the company failed to inspect cranes and hoists.

“The violations found during this investigation put employees at serious risk of injury or even worse,” said OSHA Area Director Christopher Adams.

“This is a significant number of hazards for a single workplace. Carthage Specialty Paperboard must implement corrective measures to protect their employees’ safety and health.”