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HB Fuller Company – operating as Adhesive Systems Inc. – is facing $587,564 in fines for health and safety violations at its facility in Frankfort, Illinois, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The company is facing 17 serious, two willful, three repeat and three other than serious violations.

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On May 28, an energy control procedure was not utilized while employees cleaned and serviced mixers, thereby exposing employees to amputations and struck by hazards, OSHA said.

OSHA cited the adhesives manufacturer for failing to provide employees with respirator fit tests and respirators appropriate for hazardous atmospheres; require bonding and grounding when transferring flammable liquids; ensure that electrical equipment was approved for use in hazardous atmospheres; and conduct a personal protective equipment assessment.

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“This employer failed to provide a safe and healthful workplace,” said OSHA Chicago South Area Office Director Kathy Webb. “The company needlessly exposed workers to hazards by failing to provide necessary training or conduct a required workplace hazard assessment.”

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