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PEP Direct LLC Receives Citations for Electrical and Mechanical Hazards

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited PEP Direct LLC, a mailing and printing company based out of Wilton, New Hampshire, with 17 willful and serious citations for violating workplace safety protocol, accompanied by fines of $170,000.

OSHA has cited and fined this company for the following serious safety breaches of workplace safety:

· Three of their four printing presses lacked guarding to protect operators and other workers against being caught or falling into the presses and despite the employer’s knowledge
· Workers were fixing electrical equipment without training, lack of protection equipment, and were fixing live electrical equipment without first turning off the power, all resulting in possible electrocution
· Untrained industrial truck operators
Rosemarie Ohar, OSHA’s New Hampshire Area Director, said that “These conditions, left uncorrected, expose workers to potential death or serious injury from being caught in operating machinery, struck by powered industrial trucks and electrocuted. The employer must comprehensively address all these hazards to eliminate them and keep workers safe…The sizable fines proposed here reflect the breadth and gravity of the hazards found at this plant as well as the employer’s knowledge of and failure to correct some of these conditions.”

Here in Massachusetts, the US Postal Service was charged earlier this year with similar citations and $238,000 in fines for electrical hazards at their Shrewsbury mail processing facility, as previously reported in the Altman & Altman’s Workers’ Compensation Blog.

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Source:

US Labor Department’s OSHA cites Wilton, NH, direct mail printer and distributor for 17 willful and serious safety violations, OSHA Regional News, March 16, 2011
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