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Worker Overcome by Vinegar Fumes Leads to $79K in OSHA Fines

Thursday, March 31, 2016 | 415 | 0 | 16 min read

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is proposing $79,600 in fines against a New York state food manufacturer after a worker was overcome by acetic acid vapors inside a tank he was ordered to clean, causing him to be hospitalized for five days. OSHA issued citations for one willful and 11 serious violations to Rob Salamida Co. in Johnson City after the Sept. 28, 2015 incident. The agency said the company failed to evaluate the workplace for or identify confined space hazards, including the 3,000-gallon vinegar tanks. It also failed to implement procedures and practices to ma...

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