KREAMER, PA -- Wood-Mode Inc., a manufacturer of wood cabinets and closets organization systems was cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for allegedly exposing workers to safety and health hazards at its Kreamer facility.
OSHA issued citations for one repeat, 25 serious and four other-than-serious violations totaling $122,000 in proposed penalties. The citations stem from an inspection of the plant as part of OSHA's National Emphasis Program on Amputations.
OSHA said it cited the repeat violation due to Wood-Mode's failure to use a standard railing to protect workers positioned at the edge of a roof approximately 19 feet above the ground. OSHA said it cited the company for the same violation in August 2010.
The serious violations included unguarded floor and wall openings; improperly maintained emergency exits; a lack of personal protective equipment; improper machine guarding; improper energy control procedures; poor welding practices, including the use of damaged equipment; exposed electrical wiring; and a lack of respirator fit-testing and training for employees. Wood-Mode's Kreamer facility employs nearly 1,200 workers. The plant manufactures customized cabinets sold under the Wood-Mode and Brookhaven names, available with or without face frames.
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