Plastics Maker Faces Repeat Safety Fines

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 @ 12:05 PM gHale

Thomson Plastics Inc. is facing $54,000 in fines for one repeated and two serious safety violations at is Thomson, GA, facility, said officials of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA cited the company for failing repeatedly to perform annual inspections of the energy control procedures to ensure compliance. OSHA cited the company for the same violation at this location in July 2012.

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The serious violations relate to the employer not providing written energy control procedures to prevent machinery from starting during maintenance and servicing, and exposing workers to amputation hazards due to unguarded rotating fan blades.

“Thomson Plastics — like all employers — have a legal, ethical and moral obligation to assess the workplace for new or reoccurring safety hazards and to ensure measures are taken promptly to protect employees,” said William Fulcher, OSHA’s area director in the Atlanta-East Office. “Employers should not wait for an OSHA inspection or incident to occur before they proactively evaluate and correct hazards, especially when they have been cited previously.”

Headquartered in Thomson, Thomson Plastics designs, manufactures and assembles plastic injection molding products for golf carts and lawn mowers. The company has facilities in Howell, MI and Lexington, NC and employs 330 workers.

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