WASHINGTON, DC - Two woodworking firms - Burch Wood  Products, Summit Point, WV, and Integrated Laminate Systems, a custom commercial cabinetry firm in Cinnaminson, NJ - were cited by the Federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration for workplace practices violations.

Burch Wood Products, which employs 12, was cited for exposing workers to safety hazards at its Summit Point facility. Proposed penalties total $58,200. OSHA says it initiated an inspection on Feb. 1 as part of its National Emphasis Program on Amputations program. During a walk-through it identified what the federal agency claims were 18 serious violations.

Burch Wood Products produces custom skid boards for shipping vending machines, oak wedges and boards for establishing mobile homes, and custom pallets and crates.

"Each of these violations left workers vulnerable to hazards that could cause serious injuries and possible death," said Prentice Cline, director of OSHA's area office in Charleston, WV.  

Integrated Laminate Systems
was cited for 14 workplace safety and health violations, including exposing employees to methylene chloride, at the company's Cinnaminson facility, with proposed penalties total $49,000. In this case, OSHA initiated an inspection on Feb. 8 as part of its Site-Specific Targeting Program, which focuses on industries with high injury and illness rates. The company received 13 serious citations with the penalties.

"Methylene chloride exposure can have very serious health effects, such as cancer and cardiac distress," said Paula Dixon-Roderick, director of OSHA's area office in Marlton, N.J.

Integrated Laminate Systems, with 42 employees, supplies dentists offices with custom and modular cabinetry  from its 40,000 square foot manufacturing facility.

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