National furniture company to pay $1.75M for safety violations
Posted June 14, 2016
OSHA and a national retailer of home furnishings have entered into a corporate wide settlement agreement that provides an effective framework for protecting workers from machine hazards. The agreement also resolves all pending OSHA citations at the company’s plants in Arcadia and Whitehall, Wisconsin, and in Ecru and Ripley, Mississippi.
The settlement agreement with the company resolves numerous violations that OSHA issued to several of the company’s workplaces. OSHA conducted inspections at several of the company’s workplaces after learning of injuries at the Arcadia facility, and realizing that similar hazardous conditions could exist at the other workplaces. To resolve all citations, the company will correct all cited violations and will pay penalties of $1.75 million.
Among the terms in the agreement, the company will demonstrate its corporate commitment to safety by retaining a Vice President for Safety responsible for managing a corporate wide program to identify and evaluate prevention and control of machine hazards. The comprehensive settlement emphasizes employee involvement and management commitment to the implementation of the machine safety program.
Additionally, the company will implement a number of safety measures to protect its employees and will submit status reports to OSHA annually during the two-year term of the agreement. The company will conduct periodic audits of facilities to identify machine hazards, as well as an annual review of the effectiveness of the program; develop internal corporate monitoring provisions; and identify a corporate officer or senior managers who will act as a designated official responsible for implementation and oversight of the agreement.
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