FL: OSHA Cites Doral Commercial Printer Company

                               

 

Doral, FL (WorkersCompensation.com)- A Commercial printing company was cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) earlier this month. Nupress of Miami Inc is facing $71,139 in penalties for exposing employees to electrical, amputation and fall hazards.

OSHA cited the company for not having machine guards on several pieces of their equipment; failing to have created a lockout/tagout program for when the equipment must undergo maintenance and servicing. The citation also included exposing its workers to fall and electrical shock hazards, failing to execute a written hazard communication program, and for storing their flammable liquids improperly.

In a press release, OSHA Fort Lauderdale Area Office Director Condell Eastmond stated “Implementing safety and health programs that identify and correct workplace hazards are required to minimize employees’ risk of serious or fatal injuries.”

Between August 8, 2018, and November 28, 2018, several inspections took place at Nupress of Miami Inc, and according to a DOL spokesperson contacted by WorkersCompensation.com, “The inspection was initiated as part of the OSHA’s National Emphasis Program on Amputations.”

In 2006 OSHA implemented this program in an effort to take aim and document industries that had a high number of amputations as reported to Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The inspections that OSHA has been conducting for the past 40 years have indicated that the chief culprits are machinery that’s unguarded as well as harmful energy during maintenance and servicing activities.

In documents obtained by WorkersCompensation.com, Nupress Of Miami Inc. was written up for over 20 citations with a number that were considered "serious violations." According to those documents one of the serious violations happened on or about August 8, 2018, at Nupress of Miami’s warehouse located at 2050 NW 94th Ave in Doral. A worker was exposed to a strike hazard while working with a bench grinder that was lacking a tongue guard on its right side. The left tongue guard was more than .25 inch from the wheel periphery which is considered highly dangerous.

Nupress of Miami Inc. had 15 business days from receipt of their citations and proposed penalties to comply with them, ask for an informal meeting with the area director of OSHA, or dispute the findings before the independent Occupational and Health Review Commission.

Employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace for all employees under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. OSHA’s role is to help safeguard these conditions for all of America’s working men and women by placing and implementing standards, as well as providing education, training, and assistance.


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