Pressed Paperboard Technologies fined for safety violations

Pressed Paper Technologies, 115 Bentley Court, has been fined $81,450 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for exposing employees to risk of burns, electrocution and shock, the agency reported.

No one was hurt at the business, which makes cardboard food containers. But two of Pressed Paper Technologies’ nine safety and health violations last August were willful, the safety agency reported.

Willful violations are committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law, or plain indifference to employee safety and health, the safety agency reported.

Pressed Paper Technologies’ willful violations involved having maintenance employees work on energized electrical equipment without proper training and personal protective equipment, the safety agency reported.

Five serious safety violations involved failing to develop machine-specific procedures to prevent accidental start-up or movement of machine parts that can cause injury; training omissions; failing to disconnect electrical panels from all energy sources prior to conducting maintenance work; inadequate machine guarding on milling machines; and failing to test electrical protective equipment every six months, the safety agency reported.

A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

Two serious health violations involved exposing workers to explosion and fire hazards while working near an indoor dust collector that lacked a means of explosion protection, and failing to establish and implement a written respiratory protection program.

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