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Midvale Paper Box Co. is facing $201,211 in fines after inspectors found employees exposed to safety hazards during a follow-up investigation at the Luzerne County, PA, employer, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

In October, OSHA conducted an inspection as a follow-up to a May 2015 investigation of the paperboard manufacturer, and in response to a complaint.

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The agency cited the employer for failing to ensure proper machine guarding, and implement lockout/tagout procedures to prevent machine startup; exposing employees to electrical hazards; and failing to provide forklift operator certification training.

In all, OSHA inspectors found 12 repeated, three serious and three willful violations.

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“Several violations identified in our 2015 inspection were only partially corrected or continued,” said OSHA Mark Stelmack, Wilkes-Barre Area Office Director. “The employer’s continued failure to follow basic safety standards places employees at risk of serious injury or worse.”

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