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Region 3 News Release: 12-778-NEW (osha 12-051)
May 14, 2012
Contact: Leni Fortson      Joanna Hawkins
Phone: 215-861-5102      215-861-5101
Email: uddyback-fortson.lenore@dol.gov      hawkins.joanna@dol.gov

US Labor Department's OSHA cites Plastico Products in Irvington, NJ,
for 28 safety and health violations after worker suffers amputation
Company added to agency's Severe Violator Enforcement Program

IRVINGTON, N.J. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Plastico Products LLC with 28 safety and health violations, including two willful. OSHA's inspection was prompted by an incident in which a worker's fingertips were amputated at its Irvington facility.

The willful violations involve failing to develop, use and document energy control, or "lockout/tagout" procedures; ensure that employees are not exposed to unguarded moving parts; and prevent employees from placing their hands in machines' points of operation. A willful violation is one committed with intentional knowing or voluntary disregard for the law's requirements, or with plain indifference to worker safety and health. The citations carry $84,000 in penalties. Due to the willful violations cited, the company has been added to OSHA's Severe Violator Enforcement Program, which mandates targeted follow-up inspections to ensure compliance with the law. The program focuses on recalcitrant employers that endanger workers by committing willful, repeat or failure-to-abate violations. For more information on the program, visit http://s.dol.gov/J3.

Twenty-three serious violations involve failing to address electrical hazards; guard moving parts; have a sufficient lockout/tagout program for the energy sources of equipment; implement a hazard communication program; provide hearing, respiratory, ey