OH Rubber, Plastic Maker Faces Safety Fines

Friday, August 24, 2018 @ 06:08 PM gHale

Sperry & Rice LLC is facing $400,775 in fines for 44 safety and health violations at its rubber and plastic manufacturing plant in Killbuck, OH, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Sperry & Rice has been in the rubber, sponge and plastic business since the 1940’s and they provide engineering solutions, advanced manufacturing processes, and comprehensive quality controls to produce precision rubber and cellular components. The citations range from repeated to serious to other than serious.

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Investigators inspected the facility in response to a complaint, and cited Sperry & Rice LLC for failing to provide newly hired employees with information on the use and safe handling of hazardous chemicals.

OSHA also cited the company for failing to provide adequate machine guards, personal protective equipment, respiratory protection, and fall protection; exposing employees to electrical safety, and tripping hazards; and failing to train workers on lockout/tagout procedures to prevent machines from unintentionally starting.

“Employees are at increased risk when they are not adequately trained and effective safety and health procedures are not implemented,” said OSHA Columbus Area Office Director Larry Johnson. “Employers are required to train employees on their first day about on-the-job hazards and safe handling procedures, and provide personal protective equipment to keep them safe.”

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