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August 21, 2013

Local company faces alleged OSHA violations

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PLATTSBURGH —

FINDINGS DISPUTED

Solve Composites Plant Manager Alisa Langille said the company disagrees with OSHA’s findings.

“We are disputing those fines. It is in the hands of our attorney,” she said, adding they have retained O’Connell and Aronowitz, a Plattsburgh law firm, to represent them.

Solve was cited for 31 alleged violations in April 2011, with a proposed fine of up to $126,000.

Ted Fitzgerald of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Public Affairs said the case was settled in May 2012, when Solve agreed to correct all hazards and pay a fine of $69,000.

Langille said the company at that time disputed an allegation that the dust created at the plant was explosive. They hired an outside consultant who found their dust-handling system was in compliance with OSHA regulations.

CHANGES MADE

As to the serious citations, Langille said the nature of the company’s work requires the use of pneumatic equipment. Based on the noise created by that equipment, Solve had an industrial hygienist conduct an audit of the plant before the OSHA inspection.

They didn’t have time to implement the consultant’s recommendations before the inspection, she said, but have since done so.

Solve Composites LLC has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and proposed penalties to comply, meet with OSHA’s area director or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Email Dan Heath:dheath@pressrepublican.com

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