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OSHA News Release: [12/20/2012]
Contact Name: Ted Fitzgerald or Andre J. Bowser
Phone Number: (617) 565-2075 x 2074
Release Number: 12-2352-BOS /BOS-12-231

Amsterdam, NY, manufacturer cited by US Labor Department's OSHA for 19 serious violations of safety and health standards

Nationwide Tarp Inc. faces $74,700 in proposed penalties

ALBANY, N.Y. — Nationwide Tarp Inc., doing business as NTI Global of Amsterdam, has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for 19 alleged serious violations of workplace safety and health standards following OSHA inspections started in June in response to a complaint. The manufacturer of tent and canvas-ducting products faces $74,700 in proposed fines.

“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,” said Kimberly Castillon, OSHA’s area director in Albany. “These conditions must be addressed promptly and effectively for the safety and health of the plant’s workers.”

OSHA’s Albany Area Office cited the Willow Street facility with 19 serious violations, including combustible dust hazards; employees working in areas with potential exposure to airborne lead; platforms more than 4 feet high were not properly guarded with standard railings and toe boards; workers’ overexposures to noise; no lighted exit signs; fire-rated doors were kept open; no guarding on machines at points of operation; and flexible cords were improperly passed through walls and other related violations. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

“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,” said Robert Kulick, OSHA’s regional administrator in New York.

Nationwide Tarp has 15 business days from receipt of the citations to comply, request an informal conference with the OSHA area director in Albany or contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. 

To ask questions, obtain compliance assistance, file a complaint or report workplace hospitalizations, fatalities or situations posing imminent danger to workers, the public should call OSHA’s toll-free hotline at 800-321-OSHA (6742) or the agency’s Albany office at 518-464-4338.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.