The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Quality Trailers Enterprise Inc. with fifteen serious health and safety violations at its Salem, Ohio trailer manufacturing facility. The fines from these fifteen violations total $55,300.OSHA’s area director stated, “Quality Trailers Enterprises has a responsibility to train and protect workers from known hazards, such as noise and machinery in its manufacturing facility. OSHA is committed to common-sense safety and health regulations, which protect workers on the job.”
Ten serious safety violations involve: lack of machine guarding, failing to develop a lockout program to control the release of hazardous energy while servicing and maintaining equipment and training workers in the program, lack of fire extinguisher training, failing to train workers in the operation of powered industrial trucks, not providing welding shields and curtains, and exposing workers to live wires.
There were also five serious health violations. The serious health violations include: exposure to noise, lack of personal protective equipment, improper oxygen cylinder storage, allowing combustible paint residue to accumulate in the paint booth, and failing to conduct a workplace hazard assessment program and to develop and train workers on a hazard communication program.
A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.
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OSHA cites Quality Trailers with 15 violations, vindy.com, May 29, 2013