LOLITA, TEXAS - Federal regulators want to fine stretch film maker AmTopp Corp. $140,000 for leaving machines unguarded and not having railings to protect workers from falling from elevated workstations.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration proposed the fines May 15 and said Lolita-based AmTopp ``willfully'' violated federal law by not having railings on open-sided plat- forms. ``The investigation found that the access platform to the inspection station had been altered by the employer and guardrails were not provided on all open sides,'' OSHA said.
A willful violation accuses AmTopp of ``intentional disregard, or plain indifference'' to regulations.
AmTopp also was fined for not providing machine guarding to protect from exposure to rotating parts. AmTopp has 15 days to respond to the complaint.
AmTopp officials did not respond to telephone calls. AmTopp is part of Livingston, N.J.-based Inteplast Group Ltd., an affiliate of Formosa Plastics Group of Taipei, Taiwan.
OSHA records indicate AmTopp had one fatality at the factory in 1995, when a worker suffered head injuries from being drawn into a winding machine.