Untrained workers on energized equipment cost Press Paperboard Tech
By Anthony Capkun
March 6, 2014 – Pressed Paperboard Technologies LLC has been cited by the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) for nine violations at the company’s Findlay facility, including two willful violations concerning electrical work, after maintenance employees were found to have worked on energized electrical equipment without proper training nor personal protective equipment (PPE).
The company has entered into a settlement agreement to resolve the citations, which includes enhancing its safety & health program to better protect employees. The company will pay penalties of $81,450.
“Pressed Paperboard Technologies has a responsibility to protect workers from electrical hazards at work,” said Kim Nelson, OSHA’s area director in Toledo. “These hazards expose workers to the dangers of arc flash, electric shock and electrocution. Employers must train workers to work safely with electricity.”
Among the five serious safety violations were failing to train workers in LOTO (lockout-tagout) procedures when conducting maintenance on machinery, failing to disconnect electrical panels from all energy sources prior to conducting maintenance work and failing to test electrical PPE every six months.