Harden Furniture in McConnellsville has been cited for 25 serious violations of workplace safety standards by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The violations include failure to guard saws and woodworking machinery to prevent employees from coming in contact with blades and missing railings and unsafe ladders.

Employees at the McConnellsville plant face the hazards of amputation, falls, fire, electric shock or being caught in unexpectedly activated machinery. These are hazards commonly associated with woodworking machinery and manufacturing, and they are hazards that can easily be prevented by an employer,” said Christopher Adams, OSHA’s area director in Syracuse. “Harden Furniture must take effective corrective action to eliminate these hazardous conditions.”

OSHA is proposing over $106,000 in penalties.

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