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Loparex LLC cited by OSHA: Reminder of the importance of training and compliance

A learning management system can help your organization with safety compliance.

In another reminder of the importance of safety, employee training and compliance, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited a Loparex LLC manufacturing facility in Hammond, Wisconsin. The Loparex facility manufactures polycoated and silicone-coated papers and films. The OSHA-proposed penalties will amount to $70,000.

OSHA conducted an inspection on May 8, 2014, upon learning of an injury at the facility. The specific injury occurred on April 8, when an unguarded laminating machine crushed a worker's hand, forcing his thumb to be amputated. OSHA's investigation also discovered that the facility's other employees were frequently put at risk. By having employees work on the unguarded part, the facility put workers in danger approximately 10 times per 12-hour work shift. 

This is not the first citation OSHA has handed Loparex LLC. The North Carolina-based company has manufacturing facilities in Iowa City, Iowa, along with Eden, North Carolina, China, India and the Netherlands, and in 2008, the Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited the company for similar violations.

As is customary, Loparex has fifteen business days from the receipt of its citations to either request a meeting with OSHA's area director or contest the findings. The independent Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission would hear Loparex's arguments if it should contest. 

The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 made employers responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA sets and enforces standards, and assists with training and education.

A learning management system can help your organization improve its safety and compliance with OSHA standards. To learn more about SyberWorks services or to schedule a product demonstration, please call us at 888-642-7078, email us at info@syberworks.com or register on our site.

SyberWorks, Inc.
411 Waverley Oaks Road
Building 3, Suite 319
Waltham, MA 02452

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