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OSHA Fines Delaware Company for Safety Violations
DELAWARE (Ken Hines) -- Federal inspectors have fined a central Ohio company tens-of-thousands of dollars for safety violations that led to injuries to several workers.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has ordered officials from Delaware's Optimum Plastics to pay $81,000 in penalties because of three violations involving the company's winder machines.
Four Optimum employees broke bones in their forearms in separate incidents in May, 2012, and January, February, and April, 2013. The injuries occurred while the victims operated winder machines that lacked adequate guarding, according to an OSHA news release.
"Optimum Plastics made no effort to provide adequate machine guarding, even after multiple employees suffered injuries while operating this equipment. That is unacceptable," OSHA Area Director Deborah Zubaty said. "Companies must be aware of the hazards that exist in their facilities and take all possible precautions to minimize the risk of injury."
During the course of their investigation, OSHA inspectors determined that at least 15 additional injuries involving winder machines have occurred at the packaging plant over the past five years.
Inspectors also cited a repeat violation involving and ungrounded flexible cord.
Optimum officials have been ordered to respond to the violations within 15 days of receipt.