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Mane Inc. is facing $55,000 in fines for six safety and health violations after a September follow-up inspection found a repeat violation of respiratory protection standards at its food flavoring facility in Milford, OH, said Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officials.

“Employers who fail to correct previously noted deficiencies show a blatant disregard for worker’s safety and health,” said Bill Wilkerson, OSHA’s area director in Cincinnati. “Employers have a responsibility to take all precautions to maintain a healthful and safe workplace.”

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One repeat violation was for failing to fit test employees for respiratory protection. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously faced 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 a similar violation in 2010.

Five serious violations were for failing to store and handle flammable liquids and provide adequate respiratory protection. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

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Mane Inc. has previously undergone OSHA inspections two times resulting in seven citations.

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