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$323,000 in OSHA fines

February 2, 2009
VERSAILLES, CT — Cascades Boxboard Group faces $323,000 in Occupational Safety and Heath Association (OSHA) fines for 52 alleged serious and repeat violations of safety standards, according to Occupational Health & Safety magazine.
The inspection found numerous instances of extensive rust, corrosion and physical damage throughout the building that compromise its structural stability, the story stated.
Specific conditions identified during the July inspection include:

· Unguarded machinery and floor openings

· Damaged ladders and lack of fall protection

· Uninspected or inadequately maintained fire extinguishers

· Corroded wire lifting slings

· Lack of personal protective equipment and deficiencies involving respirators, fork trucks, propane tanks, electrical safety, hazardous energy control and hazard communication

· Work in confined spaces.
C. William Freeman III, OSHA''s area director in Hartford, Connecticut, said: "There is no excuse for employees to work in such conditions. The hazardous conditions must be addressed promptly, effectively, and completely to protect the safety and health of these workers. Failure to pay proper and timely attention to safety and health requirements, including building maintenance, can result in considerable human and financial costs down the line."
Four repeat citations have been issued for conditions similar to those cited in a 2007 OSHA inspection that were never corrected, the story noted.
The company has 15 business days to meet with OSHA or to contest them to the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, the story added.
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