PHILADELPHIA – FixtureOne, a manufacturer of wood and metal fixtures and displays for retail, commercial, museum and other customers, was written up for 44 workplace violations by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The 44 safety and health citations include seven repeat violations and total $169.400 in penalties. The violations stem from a Jan. 10 inspection of the 65-man operation that includes equipment to fabricate wood, metal, plastics and other materials.

The Seven repeat violations include an inadequate hazard communications program; a lack of machine guarding; use of electrical equipment in an unapproved area; and the company's failure to conduct a medical evaluation for use of respirators, implement a respirator program, and provide appropriate respirator fit-testing. The company was cited for the same violations in 2008.

Thirty-six serious violations included a lack of machine guarding and personal protective equipment; safety issues with mechanical power presses; electrical hazards; a lack of housekeeping; and the company's failure to properly store respirators; provide safe egress; and provide training for employees operating forklifts.

"FixtureOne's refusal to correct these previously cited violations continually places its workers in harm's way and must change immediately," said Albert D'Imperio, director of OSHA's Philadelphia Area Office. "OSHA will continue its efforts to hold this company responsible for not complying with federal laws."

Posted by Rich Christianson

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