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OSHA cites Janesville company for 'serious' safety violations

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JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- A Janesville company faces more than $50,000 in fines for what federal inspectors describe as serious safety violations.

Power Coatings, LLC was cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for 14 violations, including failing to protect workers from toxic substances, which can cause cancer, lung impairment and other diseases.
           
Power Coatings puts powder coating on metal parts at its plant in Janesville, which OSHA inspected last December.

OSHA has proposed penalties of $51,800.
          
The company has 15 days to fix the problems or appeal OSHA's ruling.

According to OSHA's statement,  the serious safety violations cited included failing to conduct a personal protective equipment hazard assessment and to provide and require the use of personal protective equipment for skin and eye hazards from methyl ethyl ketone vapors and powder coating dust.

Inspectors say Power Coatings did not have a written respiratory protection or hazard communication program and failed to train workers on the programs and hazards found in the workplace. The company failed to conduct air monitoring for methyl ethyl ketone, dust and other respiratory hazards.
 
An OSHA violation is serious if death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard an employer knew or should have known exists.
 

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