OSHA says Arkansas door manufacturer Primecraft Doors has exposed workers to dangers from moving machine parts, and to risks of electrocution.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) began an inspection on December 2, 2015, after it received a complaint about several unsafe working conditions at the Primecraft Doors' location in Malvern, Arkansas.
Following the inspection, OSHA issued 27 serious citations to the company for exposing workers to the risk of amputations caused by contact with moving machine parts. OSHA says it also found numerous electrical shock and electrocution hazards, and noted that proper procedures to lockout/tagout machines to prevent sudden machine starts or movement were not in place. Five more citations were issued for improperly lit exits and not providing workers with required personal protective equipment.
The citations, issued on February 16, propose penalties of $65,600 in fines.
"With more than 30 violations, Primecraft Doors must immediately address many hazards to the safety and health of their employees before someone gets seriously injured or worse," said William "Monty" Cole, OSHA's acting area director in Little Rock.
Primecraft has 15 business days after receiving the citations to comply, dispute, or request a conference with OSHA.
Headquartered in Hot Springs, Arkansas, Primecraft Doors is a custom MDF door manufacturer.