A complaint about unsafe working conditions brought OSHA inspectors to the Paterson, New Jersey facility of plastics manufacturer Douglas Stephen Plastics Inc., where they discovered a number of hazards that resulted in citations.

OSHA inspected the company on Oct. 2, 2017 and found, among other things, blocked emergency exits. A health inspection was also conducted on Oct. 11, 2017, after an inspector’s initial readings indicated employee exposure to excessive noise levels.

OSHA cited the employer for:

  • failing to administer a hearing conservation program
  • exposing employees to amputations, electric shock, and burns
  • allowing employees to use equipment without proper guarding
  • failing to control hazardous energy; and
  • failing to train powered industrial truck operators.

OSHA has proposed penalties of $435,679.