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American Remediation and Environmental Inc. is facing $171,281 in fines for confined space, fire, and explosion hazards, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The company is facing eight serious and one willful violation.

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American Remediation and Environmental is a Chunchula, Alabama-based tank cleaning company.

OSHA inspectors determined the company allowed employees to enter a tank without testing for atmospheric hazards.

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The company was cited for allowing employees to use a non-explosion proof vacuum in a tank that transported a highly hazardous chemical; failing to provide appropriate personal protective clothing; authorizing employees to enter a permit-required confined space without a retrieval system; and failing to ensure confined space testing and monitoring equipment was properly maintained.

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