Repeat Fines for NY Manufacturer

Friday, September 25, 2015 @ 03:09 PM gHale

Juniper Elbow Co. Inc., doing business as Juniper Industries Inc., a metal products manufacturer located in Queens, NY, is facing $85,140 in fines, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officials.

OSHA cited the company for 4 repeat and 11 serious violations of workplace safety standards.

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OSHA found four hazards similar to those cited during a 2012 inspection of blocked exit routes; missing or unmounted fire extinguishers; four lathes not guarded against employee contact with their operating parts, and failure to monitor noise levels and administer a hearing conservation program.

The inspection also identified several new hazards. These included a locked exit; no exit access to the street; no welding screens where required; a sprinkler head and paint spray booth covered in paint; several instances of operating machine parts not guarded against contact; and no safety training for employees exposed to high noise levels.

“These conditions exposed employees to possible hearing loss, broken bones, lacerations, amputation, fire, eye injuries and being unable to exit the workplace swiftly and safely in the event of emergency,” said Kay Gee, OSHA’s area director for Queens, Manhattan and Brooklyn. “The repeated nature of several of these violations is disturbing and unacceptable. Juniper must make and adhere to an ongoing effective commitment to protect the safety and health of its employees.”