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Plastic Plant Faces 44 Health & Safety Violations

The company failed to train new hires on the use and safe handling of hazardous chemicals.


KILLBUCK, OH –  On August 22, 2018, OSHA cited Sperry & Rice for 44 safety and health violations at its rubber and plastic manufacturing plant in Killbuck, Ohio.

The company faces penalties totaling $400,775. 

OSHA inspected the facility in response to a complaint, and cited Sperry & Rice for failing to provide newly hired employees with information on the use and safe handling of hazardous chemicals.

OSHA also cited the company for failing to provide adequate machine guards, personal protective equipment, respiratory protection, and fall protection; exposing employees to electrical safety, and tripping hazards; and failing to train workers on lockout/tagout procedures to prevent machines from unintentionally starting. 

“Employees are at increased risk when they are not adequately trained and effective safety and health procedures are not implemented,” said OSHA Columbus Area Office Director Larry Johnson. “Employers are required to train employees on their first day about on-the-job hazards and safe handling procedures, and provide personal protective equipment to keep them safe.” 

The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. 

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