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Plastics manufacturer cited for safety failures, faces proposed penalties of $435K

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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited New Jersey plastics manufacturer Douglas Stephen Plastics Inc. for exposing employees to safety and health hazards at its Paterson facility and proposed penalties of $435,679.

OSHA inspected Douglas Stephen Plastics on Oct. 2, 2017, in response to a complaint alleging unsafe workplace hazards and imminent danger conditions from blocked emergency exits. A health inspection also was conducted Oct. 11, 2017, after an inspector’s initial readings indicated employee exposure to excessive noise levels.

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.

Based in Paterson, Douglas Stephen Plastics has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

A call to the company for comment was not returned at press time.

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David Hutter

David Hutter

David Hutter grew up in Darien, Conn., and covers higher education, transportation and manufacturing for NJBIZ. He can be reached at dhutter@njbiz.com.

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