Four plastic products companies in the eastern half of the country received citations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Vitafoam Inc.'s Olympic Division in Greensboro, N.C., received 28 citations for safety hazards involving machinery and other safety standards. Seven of those were serious violations, with fines of $5,528.
The citations were issued to the polyurethane foam maker in April. Vitafoam since has abated some of the problems and fines have been reduced to $3,825, Greg Cook, a spokesman at the North Carolina Department of Labor, said June 29.
Providence, R.I.-based Contempo Card Co. received 13 citations May 4. Nine of those were serious violations involving safety hazards with machinery, OSHA records show. The company originally was fined $14,750, but informal settlements prompted OSHA to reduce those to $6,881.
WNA Comet East Inc., a manufacturer of plastic drink and dinnerware in Chelmsford, Mass., was targeted and cited five times in March, OSHA records show.
The company received $5,525 in fines for safety problems with medical service and first aid, power tools and equipment, walking surfaces, and electrical system design and wiring methods.
While OSHA records show the amount of the fine remained the same, a WNA representative said the fine was reduced as part of an agreement and that the problems have been resolved.
Plastic bottle maker Owens Brockway Inc. also reached an informal settlement after it received a $3,500 fine for a serious violation involving floor guarding, wall openings and holes.