NY manufacturing employees exposed to machine, hearing hazards
A custom hardwood flooring manufacturer in Fulton, New York faces $182,917 in fines after an OSHA inspection.
The agency found that Timberline Hardwood Floors LLC committed willful and serious violations of workplace safety and health standards for failing to:
- implement lockout-tagout procedures to prevent machines from unintentionally starting
- adequately train forklift operators
- repair exposed electrical circuits; and
- develop hearing conservation and chemical hazard communication programs
OSHA also cited the company for allowing locked emergency exits, unguarded machines, and unlabeled hazardous materials and chemicals.
"During this inspection, OSHA identified serious hazards that posed a threat to workers' safety and health," said OSHA Syracuse Area Office Assistant Director Jeffrey Prebish. "Unfortunately, Timberline Hardwood Floors LLC ignored its obligation to protect employees from these well-known issues."