$100K in OSHA fines for Salem air filter factory

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OSHA has cited MM Industries’ factory in Salem for 38 serious safety and health violations. The company manufactures air filtration products at the plant.

OSHA defines serious violations as those that create a substantial probability that death or serious injury could result from the hazard’s presence.

Safety violations ran the gamut, from not knowing how much weight a floor could bear to failing to install emergency lighting. OSHA said MM Industries never provided required safety training, didn’t replace critical equipment that was too worn out to be used safely, bypassed machine guards designed to prevent accidents and neglected required crane in­spections.

Fines for all those violations to­­taled $63,600.

OSHA also discovered 12 serious health violations.

The plant lacked a hazard communication program and didn’t train workers how to handle hazardous chemicals. OSHA also said the plant mislabeled containers of hazardous chemicals and didn’t properly store them.

Fines for the health violations added up to $39,000.

OSHA didn’t impose fines for failing to maintain the OSHA 300 injury and illness log and improperly marking some plant equipment.

Note: Establish safety standards and perform regular inspections yourself to avoid OSHA fines. The safety standards should guide your maintenance program so potential hazards are addressed before they become serious.

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