Woburn stone company gets hit with almost $50,000 in fines

The stone company has not released word as to whether they will pay the fines, contest the violations or request a hearing with the OSHA Review Commission Board.
The stone company has not released word as to whether they will pay the fines, contest the violations or request a hearing with the OSHA Review Commission Board.

After being hit with 11 safety violations, OSHA has fined International Stone Inc. of Woburn, Massachusetts $47,600.

An investigation into the stone and granite company was launched at the beginning of last December after a complaint was filed against them. When OSHA officials arrived at the factory, they discovered workers cutting and polishing granite and marble without safety clothing, such as eye, face and hand protection, like cut resistant gloves.

Additionally, OSHA officials reported that workers were using unapproved electrical equipment that was coming into contact with wet outlets, access to circuit breakers was blocked, exits were obstructed and extension cords were spliced and misused. These violations resulted in $35,000 in fines for the company, in addition to more than $12,000 for several other repeat violations.

This is not the first time International Stone has been fined by OSHA. In 2008, the stone company was fined for similar violations, such as using unapproved extension cords in wet locations.

OSHA officials said that these violations have left employees vulnerable to electrocution, amputations and crushing by heavy objects. The stone company has not released word as to whether they will pay the fines, contest the violations or request a hearing with the OSHA Review Commission Board.

Maintaining a hazard free workplace should be of the utmost importance to managers and CEOs. Failing to maintain compliance with OSHA can result in accidents, fatalities and hefty fines. Safety clothing, such as flame resistant clothing and proper hand protection equipment can help maintain a safe workplace for all employees.

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