OSHA Cites Plastics Manufacturer for Workplace Safety Failures

After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), New Jersey plastics manufacturer Douglas Stephen Plastics Inc. has been cited for exposing employees to safety and health hazards at its Paterson, New Jersey, facility. OSHA proposed penalties of $435,679.

OSHA inspected the plastics manufacturer on October 2, 2017, in response to a complaint alleging unsafe workplace hazards, and imminent danger conditions from blocked emergency exits. A health inspection was also conducted on October 11, 2017, after an inspector’s initial readings indicated employee exposure to excessive noise levels.

OSHA cited the employer for failing to administer a hearing conservation program; exposing employees to amputations, electric shock, and burns; allowing employees to use equipment without proper guarding; failing to control hazardous energy; and failing to train powered industrial truck operators.