Violations alleged at Hastings cold storage plant

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Posted: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 12:00 am

HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — A federal agency is proposing nearly $133,000 in fines for a Hastings cold storage plant, alleging more than a dozen safety violations.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration said that workers were exposed to anhydrous ammonia at the Nebraska Cold Storage Inc. plant.

OSHA inspected the plant in March. The agency said some of the violations involve the failure to correct deficiencies in equipment and to document responses to violations found in a 2010 safety audit. The agency said 12 of 22 violations found three years ago remain uncorrected.

The company can contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

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