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Published: Friday, 7/22/2011

4 area companies fined over safety violations

BLADE STAFF AND NEWS SERVICES

Four northwest Ohio firms are facing fines from the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration for reported safety violations.

Lingvai Excavating LLC of Bryan was fined $55,000 for reported willful safety violations, including failure to protect workers from falls or cave-in hazards. The citations were related to a May inspection at a Napoleon work site, according to OSHA.

First Choice Packaging Solutions of Fremont received a $30,800 fine for several reported serious violations, including improper lockout/tag out energy-control procedures and unsafe operation of industrial trucks. The fines resulted from an OSHA inspection in March.

Brad Germann’s R&R of Napoleon was fined $14,400 for various serious violations related to protecting employees from falls. OSHA issued the citations based on a May inspection of a work site in Maumee.

Forster Trucking & Excavating LLC in Continental was fined $12,500 for a repeat violation involving potential cave-in hazards, as well as a serious violation regarding defective rigging equipment. The citations stemmed from an Ottawa work site inspection in May.

Each company can contest the citation and the fines.



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