Luggage maker locks doors and gets cited
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.