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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • American Crystal faces fines over alleged safety violations

  • Workplace safety officials have been investigating what they say were several safety violations at American Crystal Sugar’s East Grand Forks factory this year.
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  • Workplace safety officials have been investigating what they say were several safety violations at American Crystal Sugar’s East Grand Forks factory this year.
    According to online records with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, inspectors found 26 violations of safety requirements at the facility during an April 9 inspection, including 22 classified as serious.
    The alleged violations have not been resolved, as American Crystal is contesting some of the citations.
    “We’re in ongoing discussions with OSHA,” said American Crystal Vice President for Administration Brian Ingulsrud. “We look at them as a resource to improve safety at our factories.”
    The alleged violations from the inspection included processes for handling hazardous chemicals, hazardous waste operations, air contaminants, carbon monoxide monitoring, labeling of hazardous substances, wiring standards, and requirements for machines, stairs and ladders, power tools and welding equipment, according to online records.
    Fines for those alleged violations could amount to more than $49,000.

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