At the end of last month, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited a manufacturer based in St. Mary’s, Pennsylvania with “one willful and five serious violations.”
P/M National Inc. has been found guilty by OSHA after inspection for lacking machine guarding, which prevents workers from amputation injuries and other hazards. The owners at the facility confessed to failing to install these guards on newer metal presses and removing old ones.
The fines for such disregard for the safety of their employees has subjected P/M National Inc. with a $60,200 fine.
Theresa Naim, the director of OSHA’s Erie area office, put out a statement saying that the guards are absolutely necessary and stop workers from sustaining injuries that are entirely preventable, such as amputation. The citations in full are available to view on OSHA’s website.
As with all OSHA violations, P/M National Inc. has 15 businesses days from the citations to respond.