ORANGE — The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety & Health Administration has cited Valley Tool Inc. for 13 alleged violations of workplace safety standards. The metal fabrication shop faces a total $46,970 in proposed fines following an OSHA inspection prompted by an employee complaint. OSHA's inspection found improper storage of materials in a flammable storage cabinet, failure to provide annual training and fit-testing for all employees who use respirators, and failure to provide chemical hazard communication training to employees working with chemicals. OSHA had cited the facility for similar hazards in 2009 and 2010.
The employer had 15 business days from receipt of its citations and proposed penalties to comply, meet with OSHA's area director or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission.