US Environmental Inc. is facing a $333,756 fine for 12 safety violations, including willfully exposing workers to confined space and fall hazards at its Downingtown, PA, facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Investigators inspected the facility May 31 and found the company failed to implement rescue procedures for employees in confined spaces; provide protective equipment when working in confined spaces; and provide employees with fall protection training and equipment.

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OSHA cited the company for one other-than-serious, four willful, and seven serious violations.

“It is fortunate that workers did not suffer serious injuries or worse,” said OSHA Area Office Director Theresa Downs, based in Philadelphia. “Employers must follow appropriate atmospheric testing procedures, and provide adequate training and safety equipment to protect workers from potential confined space hazards.”

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The company, which is an environmental and industrial services corporation, has 15 days to respond about the OSHA findings.

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