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Paper mill faces $320,500 in OSHA fines

March 20, 2009
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SPRAGUE, CT — Accusations of safety violations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) leave the owner of a paper mill facing $320,500 in fines, according to the Norwich Bulletin.
OSHA cited a total of 52 serious and repeat violations at the Inland Road mill that was acquired by Cascades Inc. in 2005, the story stated.
A January 30 press release from OSHA said that its investigation was prompted by "employee complaints" and uncovered a "broad cross section of chemical, electrical, mechanical, fire and fall hazards," and that "extensive" rust, corrosion and physical damage compromised the building’s structural stability.
Some employees, who feel that OSHA''s findings are exaggerated, see the company’s troubles rooted in a "power struggle" between management and an on-site union, the story noted.
Both OSHA and Cascades would like to swiftly settle the matter and avoid costly litigation; a settlement could be reached as early as the end of April, the story added.
According to a spokesperson for Cascades, the situation is "presently under evaluation."
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