OSHA fines manufacturer $468,000 for violations
Midwest Racking Manufacturing, Inc. was accused of violations ranging from electrical hazards to allowing smoking within 20 feet of a spray-painting operation, federal officials said Wednesday.
The firm, which makes metal storage racks, also is accused of not having protective covers on machines and not providing gear for workers' eyes and feet, as well as respirators. OSHA said it found the violations in an inspection in September.
The size of the penalty, U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao said in a news release, "demonstrates this administration's commitment to protecting the health and safety of American workers."