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Corning manufacturer cited, penalized by OSHA

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CORNING, AR (KAIT) - A manufacturing company in Corning has been cited and penalized by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

A news release by the Labor Department Thursday states OSHA cited Mid-America Steel Products Inc. doing business as American Sports Medical Industry for 19 violations and proposed a penalty of $41,200.

An investigation at the facility located at 909 N. Missouri Ave. started in Dec. 2014 following a "complaint alleging unguarded machinery and amputation hazards."

Of the 19 violations found, 17 were serious, the agency stated. The citations can be viewed here.

The serious violations included "failing to maintain a hearing conservation program for workers exposed to noise levels greater than 85 decibels, failing to provide required training, and not guarding machinery."

Carlos Reynolds, OSHA's area director in Little Rock was quoted in the release as saying, “When an employer fails to train workers and establish an energy control program, that employer is choosing to expose workers who service or maintain equipment to serious physical harm or death. And, that is unacceptable.”

Jim Shaw, owner of Mid-America Steel Products in Corning said Thursday he plans to meet with OSHA in Little Rock to discuss the violations.

The Jonesboro-based company has 15 business days from receiving the citations to comply with them, request an informal conference with Reynolds or contest the citations and penalties, according to the release.

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