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Magnetic Metals Corp. is facing fines of $53,900 for 15 safety and health violations at its Camden, NJ, facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA initiated an inspection on Dec. 4 as part of the agency’s site specific targeting program for industries with high injury and illness rates. Magnetic Metals manufactures soft magnetic materials for products including motors and transformers.

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“During the servicing and maintenance of machines and equipment, the unexpected startup or release of stored energy can kill or cause serious injuries to employees,” said Paula Dixon-Roderick, director of OSHA’s Marlton Area Office. “Employers need to take the appropriate steps to ensure that workers are protected from this type of hazard.”

Magnetic Metals received citations for 15 violations, including three repeat, that involve not placing devices on machinery to prevent the sudden startup or movement of equipment during service and maintenance, a procedure known as lockout/tagout.

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A repeat violation exists when an employer previously faced previous citations for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years. The company faced previously citations for similar violations in 2010.

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