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US Labor Department's OSHA cites Philadelphia-based
FixtureOne for 44 workplace safety and health violations
PHILADELPHIA – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited FixtureOne for 44 safety and health violations at its facility located at 7601 Edmund St. in Philadelphia. The company manufactures institutional furniture and employs about 65 workers. Proposed penalties total $169,400 following an inspection that began Jan. 10.
Seven repeat violations with penalties of $41,580 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. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously has been cited for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years.
Thirty-six serious violations with penalties of $127,820 include 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. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.
One other-than-serious violation with no monetary