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OSHA Fines Huntington W.Va. Nearly $160,000 For Workplace And Health Hazards

Huntington, W.Va. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cites Chapman Printing Co. for workplace safety and health violations. The penalties proposed are total of $158,400.

OSHA started its inspection on June 18 in response to formal complaint. And as the result of investigation, the company has been issued citations for six willful violations, with a penalty of $27,900; and five other than serious violations, with a penalty of $4,500.

"Each of these violations leaves the company's workers vulnerable to potential injuries and illness," said area director of OSHA’s Charleston, W.Va., office said Jeff Funke. "It is important that Chapman Printing Co. eliminate these hazards to ensure a safe and healthy work environment."

The willful violations address the failure of the company to provide adequate energy control procedures and a hearing conservation program. A willful violation is defined be OSHA as one committed with plain indifference to, or intentional disregard for, safety and health of the employee.

The serious violations include lack of machine guarding, failure to conduct hazard assessment of the workplace to determine the need for the personal protective equipment, failure to use or provide protective equipment when working on or near energized electrical equipment. A serious citation is issued by OSHA when there is a probability that death or serious physical harm could result and the employer knew or should have known of the hazard.

Under the OSHA Act of 1970, the role of OSHA is to promote safe and healthful working conditions for the men and women of America.