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NTI faces fines for OSHA citations

December 28, 2012
The Leader Herald

AMSTERDAM - A Willow Street company is facing $74,700 in proposed fines for 19 workplace safety and health-standard violations cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Nationwide Tarp - doing business as NTI Global - which makes tents and canvas-ducting products, was cited by OSHA's Albany area office, according to a news release last week from the U.S. Department of Labor.

According to OSHA, the violations included combustible dust hazards, employees working in areas with potential exposure to airborne lead, platforms more than four feet high not properly guarded with standard railings and toe boards, workers overexposed to noise, no lighted exit signs, fire-rated doors kept open, no guards on machines at the points of operation, and flexible cords improperly passed through walls.

"These citations encompass a cross-section of fall, fire, machine-guarding, electrical, lead, exit-access and combustible-dust hazards, as well as overexposure to noise," Kimberly Castillon, OSHA's area director in Albany, said in the release. "These conditions must be addressed promptly and effectively for the safety and health of the plant's workers."

Nationwide Tarp was given 15 days after receipt of the citations to comply, request an informal conference with Castillon or contest the citations.

"One of the best means of preventing serious workplace hazards is to establish an effective safety and health management system through which management and employees work together to actively identify, analyze and eliminate work-related hazards," Robert Kulick, OSHA's regional administrator in New York City, said in the release.

NTI Global officials were unavailable for comment on the violations this week.



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