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OSHA: Power Coatings facing $51,800 in fines after 14 safety violations

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Andrea Anderson
May 20, 2014

JANESVILLE—Power Coatings Janesville facility is facing a potential $51,800 in penalties after the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration reported finding 14 safety violations.

Workers at Power Coatings, 4120 Capital Circle, were exposed daily to toxic substances. The toxins can cause lung impairment, cancer and other diseases, according to an OSHA news release.

The company specializes in powder coating metal parts.

Workers also were exposed to dangerous hazards that could be prevented with protective equipment and respiratory protection, the release states.

According to the release, the safety violations are "serious" and include failure to:

-- Do a protective equipment hazard assessment

-- Provide and require using protective equipment for skin and eye hazards from vapors and power coating dust

-- Have written respiratory protection or hazard communication program

-- Train workers on workplace programs and hazards found

-- Monitor air for vapors, dust and other respiratory hazards

OSHA categorizes "serious" violations if serious physical harm or death could result from a preventable hazard, the release states.

The violations were found after a December 2013 complaint inspection.

After the company receives its citations and penalties, it has 15 business days to comply, request a conference with OSHA's area director, or challenge the violations in front of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Power Coatings has a second facility in Dubuque, Iowa.



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