Amesbury Manufacturer faces over $40,000 in Fines

On January 20, 2011, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Durasol, Corp., which manufactures hard gum erasers, for 13 serious violations of workplace health and safety standards at its plant in Amesbury. The manufacturer faces $43,800 in proposed fines.

The citations were issued for a lack of an emergency action plan, inadequate employee training in responding to emergencies, inadequate respirator training, lack of respirator fit-testing and medical evaluation, failure to evaluate respiratory hazards, unmarked exit routes, unlabeled containers of chemicals, severely corroded electrical equipment, an extension cord used in place of permanent wiring, inadequately guarded floor holes, missing stair rails, and an uninspected and improperly located emergency eyewash/shower.

OSHA issues a serious citation when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known. Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees.

US Department of Labor’s OSHA cites Amesbury, Mass., manufacturer for emergency response, respirator, chemical, electrical and other hazards,OSHA Regional News Release, January 20, 2011

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