An Ohio-based wall panel systems manufacturer faces $56,000 in federal fines for 12 alleged safety violations, including one repeat violation, at its plant in Dover.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s citations against Marlite Inc. stem from a February inspection of its 470,000-square-foot facility under OSHA’s National Emphasis Program on Amputations.
|The company provides hundreds of finishes and materials for designer wall systems for the commercial interiors market.|
The company did not respond Wednesday (Aug. 1) to a request for comment.
The agency issued a repeat violation alleging failure to provide machine guarding on several drill presses in the factory.
Marlite was first cited for this alleged violation during a 2008 OSHA inspection, OSHA said.
A repeat violation exists when an employer has been cited for the same or a similar violation within five years.
Seven serious safety citations allege failure to anchor drill presses to the floor, provide proper fall protection, light exit signs, and provide standard railings on stairs.
A serious violation reflects “substantial probability” of death or serious from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.
OSHA also issued four other-than-serious violations alleging failure to provide injury/illness descriptions on OSHA 300 forms.
“Most injuries that occur in the workplace are preventable,” said Deborah Zubaty, OSHA’s area director in Columbus, OH. “Employers that are cited for repeat violations show a lack of commitment to employee safety and health. It is imperative that employers protect their workers.”
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The company provides hundreds of finishes and materials for designer wall systems for the commercial interiors market.
The company’s mission statement reads, in part: “We are committed to creating an environment where our customers, employees, vendors and community will thrive in an atmosphere of excellence.”
The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.