OSHA Cites Manufacturer for Combustible Dust Hazards

The agency also cited Salko Kitchens Inc. for allegedly exposing workers to fire and explosion hazards.

OSHA has cited Salko Kitchens Inc., a cabinetry and countertop manufacturer, for $51,800 in proposed fines for exposing workers to combustible dust, chemical hazards, and a potential occupational carcinogen due to deficient required safeguards, according to a press release from OSHA.

The company, based in New Windsor, N.Y., received 13 serious violations from OSHA during an inspection completed in December 2013. The inspection found combustible dust on the facility's pipes, equipment, supports, and ductwork, and that Salko Kitchens had "an inadequate system did not collect and remove the dust safely." In addition, employees were found to be overexposed to the chemical methylene chloride when spraying adhesives on countertops and molding during the manufacturing process. Overexposure to this chemical can cause a variety of symptoms, such as mental confusion, lightheadedness, and nausea. Long-term exposure can lead to cancer.

Furthermore, the inspection found the company failed to provide workers with adequate respirator protection, protective gloves, eye protection, training, and medical evaluations. Employees were also exposed to electric shock from exposed wiring. 

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