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Whitcraft Faces OSHA Safety Fines

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 12:28pm
Manufacturing.net

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- An Eastford, Conn., jet engine components manufacturer faces nearly $140,000 in federal fines for alleged violations of chemical, mechanical, electrical and other hazards.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Wednesday it cited Whitcraft LLC for 44 alleged violations. The agency says Whitcraft must address the issues "promptly and comprehensively."

Jeffrey Paul, president and co-owner of the privately-held Whitcraft, said the company has made many improvements and committed $150,000 for more work. He says he is surprised by the size and extent of the proposed fine.

OSHA cited unguarded or inadequately guarded moving machine parts that exposed workers to risk of injury and electrical and explosion hazards. Whitcraft has 15 business days to comply with the demands, meet with OSHA or contest the findings.

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