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September 11, 2015

OSHA proposes $48K penalty for Plainville metal finisher

A Plainville metal finisher is facing a $48,304 fine after workplace safety inspectors found violations related to chemical exposure hazards, equipment and training, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

DOL’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspectors on Sept. 2 issued 13 citations to Plainville Plating, including two repeat citations from a 2010 inspection.

Proposed citations from OSHA said the company:

  • Failed to properly distance its spray booths from other operations
  • Didn’t provide required annual refresher training for employees and managers handling hazardous substances and didn’t train employees in the use of fire fighting equipment.
  • Failed to ensure employees wore proper protective equipment while working on the chromium plating line
  • Didn’t ensure employees were medically healthy enough to wear respirators
  • Failed to prevent cadmium buildup on machinery
  • Permitted employees to consume and prepare food near in an area where toxic hexavalent chromium was present
  • Failed to provide an antidote for hydrofluoric acid skin absorption

Plainville Plating did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday.

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