OSHA has cited Naluco Inc., doing business as American Flyer Travelware, Paterson, N.J., alleging three willful, 23 serious, and one other-than-serious violations of health and safety standards. Proposed penalties total $145,000.

According to Lisa Levy, OSHA area director, the citations result from an inspection conducted from July 29, 1999 to January 28, 2000, following a complaint which alleged that exit doors were locked, blocked and inaccessible to employees in the event of an emergency.

OSHA cited the employer for the following willful violations:

  • failure to keep exit doors unlocked which were found bolted shut.
  • failure to keep paths to various exit doors free from obstacles or obstructions.
  • failure to ensure that foot pedals used to activate riveting machines were properly guarded to prevent unintentional start up of the machines.

The alleged willful violations carries a penalty of $122,000.

Among the serious violations for which OSHA cited the company are:

  • failure to keep floor aisles in good repair.
  • failure to properly guard floor openings.
  • failure to keep approaches to exits clear and fully accessible.

The alleged serious violations carry a proposed penalty of $21,500.

In addition, OSHA cited the employer for failure to maintain the required OSHA log of injuries and illnesses, an alleged other-than-serious violation carrying a total proposed penalty of $1,500.