Carthage Specialty Paperboard Agrees To Pay $175K OSHA Fine

Carthage Specialty Paperboard Agrees To Pay $175K OSHA Fine

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Carthage Specialty Paperboard will pay $175,000 in penalties for violating federal health and safety standards.

That's less than the original fine of $357,000 for safety violations by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA).  

OSHA said the West Carthage mill did not have safety locks to prevent machines from accidentally starting, did not train employees adequately, did not provide protection equipment for employees working on electrical systems with up to 2,300 volts, and didn't have restraints for employees working on catwalks as much as 13 feet in the air.

The company agreed to pay the $175,000 in five years and points out it is spending millions of dollars to improve conditions at the mill.

CEO Ted Cordes said in an email that the company is complying with agreement and is pleased with its progress, as is OSHA.

The agreement requires the company to hire two people full time to handle safety and health issues and train employees to recognize safety hazards.

It also requires the company to improve ways to prevent hazards from a variety of sources, including machines, hazardous energy, emergency response, and electrical and structural issues.

Carthage Specialty Paperboard also agrees to make safety and health evaluations part of management performance appraisals, perform weekly safety audits, submit progress reports to OSHA, and allow inspections for two years.

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