NEW LENOX, Ill. – Prime Woodcraft faces $91,832 in possible fines for machine safety violations after an employee was injured at the pallet manufacturer's New Lenox, Illinois, location.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Supplyside USA, which operates as Prime Woodcraft, for two repeated, six serious, and three other-than-serious violations. According to a statement from OSHA, inspectors found the company failed to install adequate machine guards, implement energy control procedures to prevent equipment from unintentional operation, and train workers about noise hazards; and allowed combustible dust to accumulate on surfaces.
OSHA inspected the facility on Oct. 25, 2017, after an employee was injured while conducting maintenance on some equipment.
“Too often, employees are injured because companies lack adequate machine safety procedures and safeguards,” said OSHA Chicago South Area Office Director Kathy Webb. “Employers have a responsibility to evaluate their workplaces for hazards, and ensure safe operations.”
Prime Woodcraft has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
Based in Brunswick, Ohio, Prime Woodcraft has 11 operations located in the Eastern and Midwest regions of the United States. The company provides new, used, and odd-sized pallets and repair services to customers nationwide.
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