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OSHA Cites Universal Industries in Tomahawk

10 Apr News

The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a Tomahawk business for more than $60,000.

OSHA cited Universal Industries LLC with 8 safety violations including failure-to-abate, not enrolling workers in a hearing conservation program. After a follow up inspection last fall, the proposed fines total $61,600.

According to OSHA area director Frank Winingham, “Universal Industries has a responsibility to protect the long-term health of its workers by ensuring they are enrolled in a hearing conservation program and conducting follow-up evaluations.”

The company was issued a citation for failing to have a hearing conservation program in February 2011. The company reached a settlement agreement with OSHA in December 2011, but failed to provide the required abatement documentation to show that they had implemented the hearing program.

Four other violations classified as serious were cited including: not having a respiratory protection program, exposing workers to fall hazards from an unguarded work platform, lacking carbon monoxide alarms on compressors that supply breathing air, failing to certify worker training on a forklift and to ensure nameplates were attached to forklifts indicating vehicle capacity.

Universal Industries 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 and Health Review Commission.