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Carthage paper mill cited by OSHA agrees to pay fine, improve safety, and train workers

By Charles McChesney


CARTHAGE, N.Y. — Carthage Specialty Paperboard will pay $175,000 in fines for safety violations, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced today.

OSHA, part of the U.S. Department of Labor, said in a release that it found 62 safety and health violations at the paper mill in June.

The agency and the company reached an agreement that requires Carthage Specialty Paperboard to improve safety measures, citing “machine guarding, lack of fall protection, hazardous energy control, confined space entry, emergency response, and electrical and structural safety issues.”

“The company will also train employees to recognize hazards; make safety and health evaluations a part of management performance appraisals; hire two full-time safety and health staff; perform weekly safety audits; submit periodic abatement progress reports to OSHA; and consent to monitoring inspections for two years,” OSHA said.

“This settlement confirms that the company acknowledges the necessity of improving safety and health practices, as well as fostering a culture that supports safety among employees,” said OSHA Regional Administrator Robert D. Kulick.

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