WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed $62,500 in fines for alleged safety violations at Chick Packaging of New England Inc.’s facility in Silver Lake, NH.

The company, which manufactures custom wood packaging products, was cited for 20 alleged repeat and serious safety violations following an OSHA inspection that began Dec. 20, 2006. The inspection was conducted under an OSHA program which targets workplaces with high instances of lost workdays, restricted duty or job transfers due to occupational injuries or illnesses.

The inspection found that the plant had not developed and trained employees in specific procedures to shut down and lock out the power sources of machinery to prevent their accidental startup during maintenance. Other alleged violations include unguarded machinery, exposed live electrical parts, uninsulated steam pipes and defective forklifts.

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