Midvale Paper Box Co. is facing $201,211 in fines after inspectors found employees exposed to safety hazards during a follow-up investigation at the Luzerne County, PA, employer, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
In October, OSHA conducted an inspection as a follow-up to a May 2015 investigation of the paperboard manufacturer, and in response to a complaint.
The agency cited the employer for failing to ensure proper machine guarding, and implement lockout/tagout procedures to prevent machine startup; exposing employees to electrical hazards; and failing to provide forklift operator certification training.
In all, OSHA inspectors found 12 repeated, three serious and three willful violations.
“Several violations identified in our 2015 inspection were only partially corrected or continued,” said OSHA Mark Stelmack, Wilkes-Barre Area Office Director. “The employer’s continued failure to follow basic safety standards places employees at risk of serious injury or worse.”