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Salem company cited for unsafe conditions

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SALEM, Ohio - A government agency has proposed $72,000 in penalties for a Salem manufacturer cited for 25 safety and health violations.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration filed the citations against Metal & Wire Products Co. Inc.

According to a news release, OSHA found that the company failed to have some safeguards in place to protect workers from machines that could cause lacerations, amputations or other injuries to employees.

Many of the violations involved the plant's power presses, which form metal materials used to make parts for recreational vehicles.

"Careful operation and safety precautions are vital when operating power presses because of their use in high-production manufacturing and the amount of operator involvement. Injuries related to machinery and equipment often result in death or permanent disability," said Howard Eberts, OSHA's area director in Cleveland. "OSHA's inspection found multiple violations of these safety standards. Inadequate machine guarding and lockout/tag out procedures are among the most frequently cited OSHA standards."
 
Several of the 21 serious violations involved unsafe operation of mechanical power presses, including: failing to have disconnect switches and control reliability, lack of brake monitoring safeguards, failing to establish a die-setting procedure and failing to use safety blocks and test and inspect presses at least weekly.
 
Other serious violations involved failing to develop energy control procedures for placement of lockout/tag out devices and to inspect such procedures at least annually; lack of training on hazardous energy; inadequate machine guarding; failing to provide strain relief for electrical equipment; lack of fire extinguisher training; and failing to provide an eye wash station and cut resistant gloves. 
 
Metal & Wire Products Co. was also cited for four other-than-serious violations involving failing to annually inspect fire extinguishers, post the load rating on an overhead storage area, provide training on the global harmonization system, and certify and date the workplace hazard assessment. An other-than-serious violation is one that has a direct relationship to job safety and health, but probably would not cause death or serious physical harm.
 
The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission.
 
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