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WETUMPKA, AL (WSFA) -

An Elmore County company will have to pay $50,000 in penalties for allegedly putting its employees at risk.

The U.S. Labor Department says Amtech Southeast exposed its workers to serious injury or death by not adequately protecting them from fire, explosion and other hazards.

The company has 15 business days to either comply with the citation, contest the findings or request a conference with government officials.

The U.S. Labor Dept. said in a statement:

"Workers faced amputation, laceration and caught-in hazards and were exposed to excessive noise over the permissible limit. Twelve serious violations were cited, including the employer's failure to ensure protection from fire/explosion hazards where PVC piping was used to transport compressed air; reduce compressed air for cleaning to less than 30-pounds-per-square inch; and label and provide training on hazardous chemicals. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

Three other-than-serious violations include failing to develop a respiratory protection program and an assessment of personal protective equipment. Additionally, the company did not document whether workers completed training to operate powered industrial trucks. An other-than-serious violation is one that has a direct relationship to job safety and health, but probably would not cause death or serious physical harm."

Amtech makes fiber-reinforced plastic parts.

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