July 12, 2005
The U.S. Labor Dept.'s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited PSI Sales Inc., a wood handling equipment manufacturer, for exposing workers to safety hazards at its Theodore, Ala., plant. OSHA is proposing penalties totaling $45,125.
OSHA issued one willful citation against the company, with a proposed penalty of $44,000, for exposing workers to amputation injuries from unguarded metal lathes. The agency issued a willful citation because the company had been cited previously for a similar safety hazard. That citation was upheld by the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
The company also received one serious citation, with a proposed penalty of $1,125, for exposing workers to electrical hazards from inadequate electrical receptacles in an area where rainwater accumulated.