OSHA Fines Prime Woodcraft for Machine Safety Violations

Jan. 26, 2018
The pallet manufacturer allegedly stacked up numerous safety violations after a recent inspection.

When it comes to machine safety, Supply Side USA of New Lenox, Ill., fails to comply to OSHA's standards.

The pallet manufacturer, which does business as as Prime Woodcraft Inc.,  stacked up numerous safety violations after a recent inspection.

“Too often, employees are injured because companies lack adequate machine safety procedures and safeguards,” said Kathy Webb, OSHA Chicago south area office director. “Employers have a responsibility to evaluate their workplaces for hazards, and ensure safe operations.”

The company did not install adequate machine guards nor did it implement energy control procedures to prevent equipment from unintentional operation, according to agency investigators.

In addition, Prime Woodcraft failed to train workers about noise hazards and allowed combustible dust to accumulate on surfaces. OSHA penalized the company for two repeated, six serious, and three other-than-serious violations as well as a proposed total of $91,832 in fines.

Prime Woodcraft has 15 days to respond to the proposed citations.

About the Author

Stefanie Valentic | Senior Editor

Stefanie Valentic is an associate editor for EHS Today magazine, a Penton Media Inc. publication.

 A native of Cleveland, Ohio, she has been in B2B publishing for eight years. Her work has spanned many industries including crop protection, landscaping, horticulture and pest control.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism degree from Ohio University. You can find her on Twitter @SVSafety.

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