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Employer cited by OSHA for high carbon monoxide levels

Employer cited by OSHA for high carbon monoxide levels

U.S. workplace safety regulators have cited an Illinois pallet manufacturer after 10 employees required emergency medical treatment for carbon monoxide exposure and proposed penalties totaling $216,253.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Genoa, Illinois-based Cleary Pallet Sales Inc. after agency investigators inspected the facility in January and found that employees were exposed to carbon monoxide levels nearly 10 times the permissible exposure limit, according to a statement issued Friday.

OSHA cited Cleary for failing to address high carbon monoxide level warnings, allowing employees to operate defective forklifts, failing to ensure adequate machine guarding and failing to train workers on hazardous communications and forklift safety, with additional safety violations discovered during a follow-up inspection conducted one month later, according to the statement.

“This employer risked the health of several workers and disregarded basic safety standards,” Jake Scott, OSHA Aurora, Illinois, area office director, said in the statement.

A company spokesperson could not be immediately reached for comment.


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