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Worker's death at paper mill leads to hefty fines

October 12, 2010
NIAGARA FALLS, NY — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued Norampac Industries Inc. repeat and serious safety violations following the May 12 death of a worker at its paper mill, according to a press release.
The worker was crushed when he became caught between a fixed metal barrier and a large paper roll that was moving on a conveyor, the release noted.
"Our inspection found that the area where the moving paper roll and the barrier intersected lacked guarding to prevent employees from being caught between the two objects," said Arthur Dube, OSHA''s area director in Buffalo.
"Proper and effective machine guarding is essential to protecting workers against serious injury or death," Dube added.
As a result of its inspection, OSHA issued the company two repeat citations with $70,000 in proposed fines for lacking machine guarding and eye and face protection, the release stated.
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