On February 8, 2018, it was announced that the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration had reached a settlement agreement with Carthage Specialty Paperboard. The settlement will attempt to improve efforts to prevent safety and health hazard at the company’s Carthage, New York facility. The company has also agreed to pay $175,000 in penalties.
OSHA cited the paper milling company for 62 safety and health violations in June of 2017. The agreement requires Carthage Specialty Paperboard to enhance efforts to prevent hazards associated with machine guarding, while also addressing lack of fall protection, hazardous energy control, emergency response, confined space entry, and electric and structural safety issues. The company has also agreed to train employees to recognized hazards.
USW, United Steel Workers, and USW Local 276 have also signed the agreement. The settlement was approved by Judge Dennis L. Phillips on January 3. It became a final order of the Commission on February 8, 2018. Additional details have been made available here.