New Jersey-based plastics manufacturer Douglas Stephen Plastics Inc. is facing $435,679 in fines for exposing employees to safety and health hazards at its Paterson, NJ, facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA inspected the plastics manufacturer Oct. 2 in response to a complaint alleging unsafe workplace hazards, and imminent danger conditions from blocked emergency exits.

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A health inspection was also conducted on Oct. 11, after an inspector’s initial readings indicated employee exposure to excessive noise levels.

Investigators listed mainly willful and serious violations at the plastics manufacturing plant.

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OSHA cited the employer for failing to administer a hearing conservation program; exposing employees to amputations, electric shock, and burns; allowing employees to use equipment without proper guarding; failing to control hazardous energy; and failing to train powered industrial truck operators.

Douglas Stephen Plastics is a manufacturer of disposable plastic materials.

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