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OSHA Proposes $1.1 Million in Fines for Confined Space Haz's

OSHA is sending a strong signal that it takes confined space hazards seriously--proposed fines of over a million dollars on Wisconsin-based Milk Specialties Company. OSHA cited the company for willful violations of its confined space entry and control of hazardous energy requirements. OSHA alleges that untrained employees entered confined spaces and performed maintenance and cleaning on powered equipment without protection from various hazards. OSHA defines a willful violation as one committed with plain indifference to or intentional disregard for employee safety and health.

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