by , on April 17, 2014

OSHA Burrows Paper Corp. of Little Falls, NY has been cited by OSHA and received $298,100 in proposed fines. The inspections that resulted in these violations were completed by OSHA’s Syracuse Area Office as part of the agency’s Site-Specific Targeting Program.

Inspections were conducted after the company reported “higher-than-average illness and incident rates in 2009 and 2010,” according to OSHA. An inspection was conducted at the company’s Mohawk Valley Mill, finding the company responsible for three safety violations:

  • stairways that lacked railing
  • papermaking machines that lacked guarding to prevent employee contact with their moving parts
  • electrical hazard related to the use of electrical equipment not approved for the location

The company also received citations for six repeat violations:

  • relating to lack of eyewash stations
  • lack of additional machine guarding
  • electrical hazards and falls

An inspection at another facility indicated four repeat violations regarding machines with insufficient guarding and two serious safety violations, which included allegedly exposing workers to combustible paper dust, electrical problems, and an exit light that didn’t work.

The OSHA area director in Syracuse states: “The proposed fines reflect both the gravity of the cited hazards and the employer’s refusal to use required safeguards. Workers could have been injured in falls, electrocuted or suffered other injuries because of the employer’s repeated failure to ensure a safe workplace.”

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