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AMITE, La. (AP) — The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed $146,000 in safety and health penalties against an Amite steel mill.

OSHA said Monday it cited Bradken Inc. with 27 serious and seven other-than-serious violations at the company's steel alloy casting mill. OSHA said it found that workers melting and pouring casts were exposed to mechanical, welding, electrical and confined space hazards, and a lack of machine guards.

Bradken is based in Waratah, Australia. OSHA said it has about 270 employees at its Amite plant.

The company has 15 days to comply, request a meeting with OSHA or contest the citations.

A Bradken spokesman did not return a call for comment Monday.

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