Spiral Staircase Maker Winds Up With $100K in Fines

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By Leslie A. Pappas

A spiral staircase manufacturer near Philadelphia faces more than $100,000 in proposed penalties for putting employees at risk of hearing loss, chemical burns, amputation, and numerous other workplace hazards, according to an OSHA citation.

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration issued the citation on Feb. 2 to SS Industries, LLC, a Collegeville, Pa.-based business doing business as Salter Spiral Stair, after a series of inspections from Oct. 20, 2016 to Jan. 12, 2017.

The 46-page citation detailed 30 violations ranging from unsafe noise levels to eye injury exposures to laceration hazards. The citation also appears to include two cases of workplace injury:

  •  On Oct. 20, an employee lacking protective clothing was burned on his face, eyes, head, arms, torso and legs when pouring concentrated Brightener, a corrosive used for cleaning metal handrails, into five-gallon buckets.
  •  On Nov. 9, an employee suffered deep cuts to hands and forearms from a handheld electric grinder that did not have proper guards in place.
The citation also found lack of guarding on numerous machines and electrical hazards, among others.

The company did not immediately respond Feb. 17 to Bloomberg BNA’s phone call seeking comment.

To contact the reporter on this story: Leslie A. Pappas in Philadelphia at LPappas@bna.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Larry Pearl at lpearl@bna.com

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