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Molding Acquisition Corp. – operating as Rotoplas – is facing in $281,108 fines for failing to protect employees from serious safety hazards at its location in Fort Worth, TX, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The company faces 10 serious and two willful violations.

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Investigators cited the Merced, CA-based manufacturer of polyethylene storage tanks for exposing employees to fall hazards, as well as failing to inspect cranes, provide employees with forklift training, and implement lockout/tagout procedures to prevent amputations.

Six of the violations are covered under OSHA’s National Emphasis Program on Amputations.

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In one willful violation investigators found was the employer did not ensure that production operations ceased when natural gas leaks were detected, exposing employees to fire and explosion hazards.

In another willful violation, the employer did not ensure the rotating arms on the Rotoline machine were guarded exposing employees to caught-in and struck-by hazards.

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