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OSHA Cites Tomahawk Company $61K For Safety Violations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited a Tomahawk company with eight safety violations this week and proposed the company pay fines totaling $61,600.

The company was issued a citation for failing to have a hearing conservation program in February 2011. They reached a settlement agreement with OSHA in December 2011, but failed to provide the required abatement documentation showing they had implemented the program.

Universal Industries LLC in Tomahawk was cited for two repeat safety violations for not having a hazard communication program as well as for making modifications to a forklift without the manufacturer’s approval, which they were cited for similar violations in February 2011.

The company is facing four serious violations for not having a respiratory protection program, exposing workers to fall hazards from an unguarded work platform, lacking carbon monoxide alarms on compressors that supply breathing air, failing to certify worker training on a forklift and to ensure nameplates were attached to forklifts indicating vehicle capacity. It was also cited for one other-than-serious violation for not having a written energy control program.

The company has 15 business days to comply with the citations, request an informal conference or contest the findings.

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