The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) issued citations for 30 alleged health violations, three of which were repeats, to National Vinyl Products Inc., and its subsidiary firm NVP Hospitality Design LLC, after an inspection of its St. Genevieve, Missouri manufacturing facilities. The company was fined $199,800.
The on-site investigation was a follow-up procedure, conducted after reviews in May 2009 and April 2010 led to the discovery of numerous hazards. During those visits, OSHA found ungrounded electrical equipment, unguarded machinery and wiring that was not properly stationed. These problems were found to be unaddressed during the most recent inquiry, resulting in the issuance of the repeat infraction. National Vinyl products also received a "failure-to-abate" notice for not replacing mechanical protective measures cited as hazardous during the April 2010 visitation.
National Vinyl Products was cited for other violations, including the failure to provide fall protection equipment and safety glasses, conduct employee trainings on industrial vehicles, properly maintain flammable fluids and institute a hazard communication framework for the jobsite. The company also received notices for record-keeping problems and the failure to acquire proper certification for its hazard assessments.
"Employers have a responsibility to protect the safety of their workers," Charles Adkins,regional administrator for OSHA in Kansas City, said in the agency's release statement. "It is imperative that employers make the commitment to safety and health to ensure that employees are not continually exposed to hazards like these."
OSHA's federal mandate is to ensure that companies provide employees with the safest work environment possible. In order to meet safety standards, industrial firms like manufacturers need the right tools and equipment. The purchase of protective clothing not only workers shields from hazards, but also businesses from credibility-destroying citations and fines.
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