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Sidney auto parts maker cited by OSHA

Published: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 @ 6:07 PM
Updated: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 @ 6:07 PM

A Sidney manufacturer, Formed Fiber Technologies LLC, has been cited for the third time since October 2013 for putting workers at risk of serious injury.

The U.S. Department of Labor said in a release Tuesday that the facility was placed in OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program for its failure to address its safety violations.

The company produces interior trimmings for Toyota, GM and other manufacturers and was cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in 2013 and twice in 2014 for putting workers at risk of amputation and other serious injury by exposing them to dangerous, moving machine parts.

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During a June 2014 inspection, OSHA issued two willful citations with proposed penalties of $140,000. OSHA found that workers were at risk for injury when changing molds on trim presses, because steps were not taken by the comapny to ensure the equipment would not unintentionally operate during that process. The company also failed to conduct audits of the procedures used to ensure that employees did not work with live machinery.

OSHA says these types of violations are among the most frequently cited by OSHA and often result in death or permanent disability.

Prior to this year’s violations, OSHA cited the company in October 2013 for 11 violations. OSHA says those involved the same standards.

The company is based in Maine and employs 340 in Sidney and a total of 750 worldwide.

OSHA says Formed Fiber Technologies LLC has 15 business days to either comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

The company has contested the citations.