Machine Hazards bring Safety Fines

Monday, March 7, 2016 @ 06:03 PM gHale


P/M National Inc. of St. Marys, Pennsylvania, is facing $60,200 in safety fines for exposing workers to machine hazards, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA investigators issues citations for one willful and five serious violations.

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On Oct. 7, OSHA initiated an inspection in response to a complaint of hazards at the work site, and under the agency’s National Emphasis Program on amputations. Inspectors found a lack of machine guarding throughout the facility and cited the company for the hazards. Further, owners admitted to not installing guards on newer metal presses and removing guards from older presses.

“P/M National Inc. intentionally designed its work process in a way that put employees at risk of amputation hazards,” said Theresa Naim, director of OSHA’s Erie area office. “Machine safeguards are necessary to protect workers from these preventable injuries.”