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Middle Village Factory Paid $85K in Fines

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The office of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited the Juniper Elbow Co. addressed at the Middle Village for its violation of over 15 safety standards in its Metropolitan Avenue sites.

Said company is ordered to pay over $85,000 in fine to the federal Department of Labor following the discovery of inspectors of its more than a dozen safety violations infractions on site.

This company, which is a metal products manufacturer which was founded in 1928 and located at 72-15 Metropolitan Ave. was cited for 15 total violations which was discovered during an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspection on Sept. 9.

According to OSHA, their inspectors discovered four hazardous conditions similar to ones previously observed during a 2012 visit. The list includes blocked exit routes, missing or unmounted fire extinguishers, improperly guarded lathes and failure to monitor noise levels.

In addition to this, hazards discovered during this year’s inspection also includes lack of proper egress to the street, inadequate number of welding screens, improperly painted sprinkler head; and unguarded operating machine parts. They also failed to provides safety training for employees who are exposed to high noise levels.

“These conditions exposed employees to possible hearing loss, broken bones, lacerations, amputation, fire, eye injuries and being unable to exit the workplace swiftly and safely in the event of emergency,” said Kay Gee, OSHA Area Director for Queens, Manhattan and Brooklyn. She also mentioned that this situation is aggravated by the fact that the company has been cited previously, yet failed to comply.

Juniper Elbow — also known as Juniper Industries — describes itself as being “America’s largest independent manufacturer of Navy standard watertight closures and closure components” on its websites. Its products include watertight, weatherproof and ballistic doors; hatches; scuttles; and manholes.