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Ford Motor Co.’s Buffalo-area plant is facing $41,800 in fines for asbestos violations, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA officials say inspectors found eight serious violations. One involved a pipefitter who they suffered exposure to asbestos while working on a steam line.

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In other cases, OSHA said workers didn’t wear respiratory protection while exposed to asbestos and that the company did not properly monitor work areas for the potentially cancer-causing substance.

Serious violations show there is a 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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OSHA’s Buffalo-area director, Art Dube, said it is an “employer’s responsibility to ensure that proper and effective safeguards are in place and in use at all times.”

Ford spokeswoman Kristina Adamski said, “The safety and well-being of our employees is of utmost importance.”

“We have fully cooperated with the local OSHA officials, and we don’t believe the citations are warranted,” Adamski said. “We’ll work with the government to resolve the matter in an appropriate manner.”

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