OSHA Cites Paper Manufacturer, Calls It 'Extremely Hazardous'

The investigation followed a June 12 fatality at its Philadelphia plant when a worker was crushed by a paper hopper during loading operations.

Thirty-nine serious and four other-than-serious violations at an $86,100 proposed penalty have been assessed against Newman and Company Inc., a paper manufacturer, OSHA announced. The Philadelphia Area Office investigated after a June 12 fatality at Newman's Philadelphia plant when a worker was crushed by a paper hopper during loading operations.

"All of these violations contribute to an extremely hazardous work environment for Newman and Co. employees," said Al D'Imperio, director of the office. "It is absolutely vital that the company remove all hazards to prevent future tragedies from occurring."

Serious violations include the company's alleged failure to remove hazards from aisles, an inadequate lockout/tagout program, inadequate machine guarding, electrical hazards, blocked fire exits, an ineffective pest control program, a lack of PPE to protect against burns, inadequate exposure control for bloodborne pathogens, and a lack of runway guardrails, according to OSHA.

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