OSHA Cites Domtar Maine Mill for Safety Violations

June 11, 2009

Federal regulators have cited paper maker Domtar’s mill in Baileyville for 29 alleged serious safety violations and proposed $107,000 in fines.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Tuesday that hazardous conditions were found during an inspection that began Nov. 30. The mill has since closed indefinitely because of slumping demand, putting 300 people out of work.

OSHA area director William Coffin said the inspection found violations that could lead to crushing hazards, falls, electrocution, being caught in moving machine parts and other perils.

Domtar has 15 business days from receipt of the citations to pay the penalties, contest them or confer with OSHA about the violations.

A call to Domtar headquarters in Montreal was not immediately returned.

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