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Manufacturing plant cited by OSHA

ALBANY - A wood shavings manufacturing plant has been fined after being cited with 28 violations of employee safety by The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, (OSHA).

RWS Manufacturing, located at 22 Ferguson Lane in Queensbury was inspected beginning back in November 2012, in response to a complaint.
 
OSHA investigators from the Albany office say workers were found to have been allowed to smoke in areas where excessive amounts of wood dust and shavings had collected with piles of wood shavings measuring 1 foot deep.  The plant was also found to be lacking proper ductwork and an enclosed motor on the dust collection system.

The plant was also cited for improper training, lack of hearing protection for loud equipment, improper storage of oxygen cylinders, and lack of information and training on hazardous materials.

Additional hazards include uncovered moving machine parts, exposed electrical parts, and ungrounded equipment.

RWS Manufacturing was fined for a total of $233,870 in fines after 28 violations of workplace safety.

“The sizable penalties proposed here reflect the breadth and severity of the hazardous conditions found at this plant. Left uncorrected, they exposed workers to the dangers of fires and explosions, engulfment, toxic or oxygen-deficient atmospheres, hearing loss, struck-by injuries, amputation, electrocution, and hazardous chemicals,” said Kimberly Castillon, OSHA’s area director in Albany. “The fact that a catastrophic incident has not occurred does not absolve this employer of its responsibility to reduce and prevent risk and eliminate hazards that could injure or kill its workers.”

OSHA says RWS Manufacturing has 15 days to comply, or contest the citations.

A breakdown of the citations can be found here:
http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/RWS_H.pdf
http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/RWS_S.pdf
 
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