OSHA cites Quality Trailers following complaint

SALEM – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Quality Trailers Enterprise Inc. with 15 serious safety violations, including a lack of personal protective equipment and exposing workers to machine guarding hazards, at its Salem trailer manufacturing facility.

A message was left at Quality Trailer for comment

Since 1999, the company has built deckover trailers, fender equipment, car haulers and landscape utility trailers at 1664 Salem Parkway West (Salem Industrial Park) and distributes its products through a network of 100 dealers in the Northeast and Midwestern United States.

The proposed fines totaling $55,300 are the result of a Feb. 4 complaint inspection.

“Quality Trailers Enterprises has a responsibility to train and protect workers from known hazards, such as noise and machinery in its manufacturing facility,” said Howard Eberts, OSHA’s area director in Cleveland.

“OSHA is committed to common-sense safety and health regulations, which protect workers on the job.”

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, OSHA said.

Ten safety violations involved lack of machine guarding; failure to develop a lockout/tagout program to control the release of hazardous energy while servicing and maintaining equipment and training workers in the program; lack of fire extinguisher training; failing to train workers in the operation of powered industrial trucks; not providing welding shields and curtains; and exposing workers to live wiring.

Additionally, five serious health violations were cited for exposure to noise; lack of personal protective equipment; improper oxygen cylinder storage; allowing combustible paint residue to accumulate in the paint booth; and failing to conduct a workplace hazard assessment program and to develop and train workers on a hazard communication program.

The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and notice of proposed penalties to contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. If the company does not file or contest within that period, it must abate the cited conditions within the period ordered in the citations and pay the proposed penalties.

Larry Shields can be reached at lshields@salemnews.net