Plains Twp. company faces possible fines after inspection

MARK MORAN / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration found health and safety violations at Midvale Paper Box Co. in Plains Twp. during an inspection last year.

PLAINS TWP. — A Plains Twp. company could be fined more than $200,000 after an inspection by the U.S. Department of Labor.

The department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration found health and safety violations during an October 2017 inspection of Midvale Paper Box Co., 19 Bailey St., Plains Twp. The company manufactures paper boxes for a variety of uses, such as carry-out trays, envelope and cardboard mailers, jewelry boxes and more.

The inspection was a follow-up inspection to a May 2015 visit in response to a complaint.

During that visit, OSHA cited Midvale for several violations, including failing to protect workers from moving machine parts or sudden startups of machines, exposing employees to electrical hazards and not providing forklift operator certification training.

“Several violations identified in our 2015 inspection were only partially corrected or continued,” said Mark Stelmack, Wilkes-Barre area office director for OSHA in a press release. “The employer’s continued failure to follow basic safety standards places employees at risk of serious injury or worse.”

The agency proposed $201,212 in penalties for the violations.

The company has 15 business days from receiving the citation to decide its next step. It can choose to comply with the findings and pay the penalty, request an informal conference with the area director or contest the findings before an independent board.

A message left with the company was not immediately returned.

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