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OSHA cites cabinetry firm over improper chemical training, proposes 136K in penalties

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a Somerville custom cabinetry company for 15 violations, OSHA said Thursday, including many involving a chemical that can cause health problems if not handled properly.Choice Cabinetry LLC was cited after a March 2014 inspection, initiated as part of OSHA’s site-specific targeting program for industries with high injury and illness rates. OSHA is proposing $136,290 in penalties for the violations, which include a lack of training for methylene chloride.

The seven serious violations due to employee exposure to that chemical carry a proposed $32,340 penalty, OSHA said.

“Methylene chloride is a carcinogen, so it’s vital that employers like Choice Cabinetry take all necessary steps to protect workers when there is exposure,” Patricia Jones, director of OSHA’s Avenel Area Office, said in a prepared statement. “All workers have the right to a safe and healthy work environment, and OSHA will hold each employer accountable when this legal obligation is not met.”

Choice Cabinetry had 15 days from receipt of the citations to accept or contest them, or meet with Jones about them.

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