NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (May 7, 2009)—The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Region 1 Office has proposed fines totaling $44,250 for 34 alleged violations of safety and health standards.
According to OSHA, agency inspectors found 31 serious and three other-than-serious violations around F&B's New Bedford plant, including locked exits, obstructed exit access, an unmarked exit, lack of welding screens and welders' personal protective equipment, untrained forklift operators, excess carbon monoxide levels from forklifts and exposed live electrical parts.
F&B executives met with OSHA officials May 7, but the meeting was inconclusive, according to an agency spokesman. The company has until May 13 to either agree to a settlement or contest the citations, the spokesman said.
Executives of F&B could not immediately be reached for comment.
According to its Web site, F&B Rubberized Inc. is the largest tire recycler in New England and a major worldwide manufacturer of marine products. Its products include piling protection, fendering systems, rockhopper disks, strips for trap repair, wear pads, lightweight bobbins and scallop gear.