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A&S Metals facing $59,000 in OSHA fines at Mont. yard

Keywords: Tags  scrapyard, A&S Metals, OSHA, safety violations, Lisa Gordon

PITTSBURGH — A&S Metals is facing $59,000 in proposed fines for a dozen alleged safety violations at its Butte, Mont., scrapyard following a July inspection by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Ten of the citations are serious, regarding workers using an unguarded drill press, a metal compactor, alligator shears and a vertical portable grinder, OSHA said Tuesday. Other citations were issued for alleged unsecured storage of compressed gas cylinders and overhead crane and rigging hazards.

"It is very fortunate that no employee suffered an amputation or other serious injury," the director of OSHA’s Billings, Mont., office said in a statement. "OSHA is addressing machine guarding hazards through a national emphasis program that is focused on preventing amputations and fatalities in selected industries."

The Castroville, Calif.-based metals recycler has 15 business days to comply, contest the findings or request an informal conference with the area director.

A&S Metals declined to comment.

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