MS Paper Maker Faces Big Safety Fines

Thursday, February 21, 2019 @ 02:02 PM gHale

Paper products manufacturer, von Drehle Corp. is facing violations for workplace safety hazards that put employees at risk of injury at its facility in Natchez, Mississippi, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The paper manufacturer faces $303,657 in penalties, including one for the maximum amount allowed by law.

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The company is facing one willful, two repeat, 16 serious, and two other than serious violations.

Invesgitagors issued citations for exposing employees to electrical hazards; lack of machine guarding; allowing combustible dust to accumulate on surfaces; failing to lockout machinery to control hazardous energy; exposing employees to arc-flash; and allowing slip, trip, and fall hazards.

“Employers are required to assess potential hazards, and make necessary corrections to ensure a safe workplace,” said OSHA Jackson Area Office Director Courtney Bohannon. “The inspection results demonstrate workplace deficiencies existed putting workers at serious risk of injury or death.”



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