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August 28, 2013

Flowline cited for violations

NEW CASTLE — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Flowline Corp. with alleged serious violations at the company’s Shenango Township plant.

An OSHA news release said a February inspection of the Butler Road facility was prompted by a complaint and resulted in $48,000 in proposed penalties for the 12 alleged violations.

OSHA said some of the violations were failure to provide workers with protective equipment, maintain good housekeeping in the lunchrooms and work areas to prevent lead ingestion hazards and inadequate machine guarding, hazards related to egress, compressed gas cylinders stored near exits and no annual crane inspections.

Flowline, a division of Ezeblow USA, manufactures pipe fittings.

Marty Capoferri, Ezeflow vice president, said he and the plant manager had an informal hearing before OSHA Tuesday.

“We’ve addressed all the findings and we have a program in the next several months to rectify all the problems,” he said.

Capoferri said the company is working with OSHA to address the problems.

“We’re committed to making those corrections, something that goes up and beyond the standards of OSHA.”

Ezeflow purchased Flowline in May 2011 from Markovitz Enterprises. Flowline has approximately 120 employees.

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