Cleary Pallet Sales Inc., a Genoa, Illinois-based pallet manufacturer, is facing $216,253 in fines after 10 employees required emergency medical treatment for carbon monoxide exposure, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Investigators inspected the facility in January and found employees suffered exposure to carbon monoxide levels nearly 10 times the permissible exposure limit.
OSHA cited Cleary Pallet Sales for failing to address high carbon monoxide level warnings; allowing employees to operate defective forklifts; failing to ensure adequate machine guarding; and failing to train workers on hazardous communications and forklift safety.
A subsequent inspection conducted one month later found further machine safety violations at the facility.
“Employers are required to regularly conduct workplace hazard assessments to determine appropriate measures to protect workers’ safety and health,” said OSHA Aurora Area Office Director Jake Scott. “This employer risked the health of several workers, and disregarded basic safety standards.”