Employees of Electroplating Company Exposed to Chemical Hazards

Employees of Plainville Plating Co. Inc. were also exposed to mechanical hazards

Plainville Plating Co. Inc., of Plainville, Connecticut faces two repeat and 11 serious citations after inspectors found a number of failures at the electroplating facility. Some of the violations include: failure to determine employees’ initial exposure levels to lead and cadmium, provide workers with training on cadmium hazards, and prevent cadmium buildup on machinery.

OSHA also found two recurring hazards: not guarding the operating parts of machinery against employee contact and using an unapproved electrical outlet in a wet location.

“Employees at this plant work with highly hazardous chemicals. It’s imperative that their employer take all necessary steps to protect their health and well-being at all times,” said Warren Simpson, OSHA’s area director in Hartford.  “That includes monitoring exposure levels, providing proper and effective protective clothing, and ensuring that employees are properly trained.”

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