A Washington, Pa., industrial blow molder may be fined $60,000 following an accident that killed a worker. The Pittsburgh-area office of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed fines totaling $60,000 against Mac Plastics Inc., a manufacturer of plastic toys and other items.
The fines were proposed after an inspection that followed a Jan. 10 accident at the plant, according to Bill Mason, OSHA area director.
Mason said that $25,000 in fines were proposed for seven alleged safety violations classified as serious by the agency, and $35,000 in fines were proposed for one alleged violation termed willful.
According to Mason, the accident occurred when a worker was using a modified forklift to place a large mold into a machine. The mold slipped off the forklift, pinning the worker between it and the machine.
The name of the worker was withheld under federal privacy restrictions. Mason said the alleged willful violation involved a modification of the forklift that made it overloaded and improperly balanced.
Mason said the fines were only proposed, and that Mac Plastics will have the chance to meet with him to contest them within 15 days of the citations. The fines also can be contested further through litigation, should a resolution not be reached in the meeting.
Mac Plastics officials did not respond to requests for comment. The company, with sales of $28 million, tied for 40th place in Plastics News' 1995 survey of North American blow molders.