Trash Bag Manufacturer Cited $49,500 for Unguarded Operation Points

OSHA has cited Trans Western Polymers Inc. for workplace safety and health violations with a proposed fine totaling $49,500. The entire fine is the result of one willful citation for points of operation not being guarded on bag conversion machines. OSHA defines a willful violation as one committed with intentional disregard of, or plain indifference to, the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

"The safety of workers operating bag conversion machines should not be compromised due to avoidable hazards," said Mark Stelmack, director of OSHA's area office in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., where the investigation was initiated after a complaint was received.

The company, which manufactures private label trash bags and.employs about 270 workers, has 15 business days from receipt of the citations to comply, request an informal conference with the OSHA area director, or contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

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