OSHA follow-up inspection finds sign manufacturer continues to expose workers to respiratory, chemical hazards

Company also cited for failing to protect workers in 2006, 2012

Posted June 21, 2016

For the third time in 10 years, federal safety and health inspectors found employees at a Lima, Ohio, custom sign manufacturing company exposed to respiratory, chemical, and paint hazards.

OSHA cited the manufacturer for seven repeated and two serious health violations on June 14, 2016, after the agency's December 2015 follow-up inspection. Proposed penalties total $46,970. The agency cited the company for similar violations at the Lima facility in both 2006 and 2012.

OSHA found:

  • Rags contaminated with flammable liquids were not removed from work areas daily;
  • Violations of respiratory protection hazards including failing to provide medical evaluations, fit-testing, and training to employees in respiratory use;
  • Workers were not trained about certain hazardous chemicals in use in the facility; and
  • Containers of flammable paint thinner were not labeled.

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