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Portage business cited for 30 OSHA violations
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Portage business cited for 30 OSHA violations

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Frick Services Inc. for 30 violations at its facility at 800 Sun Drive in Portage.

Ten of the alleged violations were related to electrical safety and 20 were health violations, according to an OSHA news release. The federal agency has proposed penalties of $74,200.

Frick Services provides industrial, agricultural and residential storage facilities serviceable by water and rail.

Frick Services President Dan Frick said he was traveling from the company's Wawaka, Ind., headquarters to visit the Portage facility Friday.

"Our attitude is that if there are problems we need to address, absolutely we'll address them," he said.

Frick said the company has already addressed issues inspectors raised during the initial investigation.

OSHA alleges employees were exposed to electrical hazards because equipment used in damp or wet conditions was not rated for such use; that outdoor electrical equipment was not protected from accidental contact by vehicular traffic and that flexible cords were used where permanent wiring should have been installed.

The agency also alleges the Portage facility lacked a respiratory protection program, had not provided appropriate training on the safe operation of powered industrial vehicles, lacked a written program to train employees on possible exposure to hazardous substances, had not developed an emergency action plan, and had not properly maintained equipment.

"Finding such a broad range of safety and health violations is indicative of a corporate culture that does not emphasize safety and health in the workplace," said Vanessa Martin, OSHA’s area director in Indianapolis.

The investigation was initiated Aug. 28, 2014 after OSHA's Indianapolis office received a complaint alleging unsafe work conditions.

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