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Tuesday, August 4, 2009 - 9:55am

International Paper Fined For Safety Violations

International Paper is facing fines of more than $100,000 for safety violations at their Augusta plant. The fines come after federal regulators inspected the facility following the death of an employee who was struck by a timber-loading crane last February.

Officials with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are citing the company for running the crane without a functional warning horn. It is meant to alert workers when the machine is in motion.

OSHA’s review of the Augusta Plant revealed numerous other safety and health violations including substandard emergency lighting, lack of safety barricades around dangerous machinery and accumulation of hazardous dust.

Officials with International Paper have 15 days to appeal the fines.