KENTON — Plastic Systems is faced with five safety violation citations from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration following a forklift incident that injured an employee last year.
The Kenton plastic molding company received a similar forklift violation in 2010, drastically increasing penalties. The citation moved from the "serious" category to "willfull." The proposed OSHA penalties total $89,000.
“We have firm evidence that the accident occurred with intentional disregard,” said Scott Allen, a spokesman with the U.S. Department of Labor. “They had been fined by us previously.”
He said a willful violation is committed with intentional knowing or voluntary disregard for the law’s requirements, or with plain indifference to worker safety and health.
Three other violations were labeled serious. These violations were failing to complete forklift inspections, failing to retrain workers in forklift operations following an incident where an injury occurred and failing to operate a forklift in a safe manner.
An employee with the company declined comment Thursday afternoon. A call to the Plastic Systems owner at the company’s Romeo, Mich., headquarters was not immediately returned.
The business employs about 100 workers in its 80,000-square-foot plant. There are also Plastic Systems operations in El Paso, Texas, and Swartz Creek, Mich. The El Paso facility also received an OSHA forklift violation in 2011.