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OSHA cites firm

PORTERSVILLE — A gas tubes and truck-trailer manufacturer here has been cited by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration for 15 alleged safety and health violations.

Portersville Sales and Testing on Route 19 was cited Wednesday by OSHA.

The company, which has its corporate headquarters in Amarillo, Texas, was cited for allegedly using flammable materials in its trailer spraying operation, and for using a homemade jack stand to lift trailers, which exposed employees to crush hazards.

Citations also were issued for allegedly exposing employees to fall hazards when accessing the roof of the building, as well as excessive amounts of dust, which can have short and long-term health effects.

OSHA initiated an inspection on June 5 in response to a complaint alleging spray booth hazards and health concerns related to the company’s painting operation. OSHA is proposing a penalty of $43,600.

“Spray finishing with flammables and supporting heavy equipment with non-proof tested jacks can be extremely dangerous and potentially deadly,” said Christopher Robinson, OSHA’s area director in Pittsburgh. “Portersville Sales and Testing Inc. has once again not met its obligation to provide a safe and healthful work environment for its employees.”

Portersville Sales and Testing officials said they had no comment.

The company has 15 business days to comply, to request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or to contest the findings before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

This is the second time this year that OSHA has cited the company for safety and health hazards. The company received 15 citations in July.