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Published May 06, 2010, 07:46 AM

OSHA proposes $75K fine for freight company

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - The Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Midwest Motor Express Inc. for exposing workers to unsafe levels of carbon monoxide and proposes $75,000 in fines.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - The Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Midwest Motor Express Inc. for exposing workers to unsafe levels of carbon monoxide and proposes $75,000 in fines.

OSHA's area office in Billings began an investigation in December 2009 when a worker at the company's East Helena freight terminal was hospitalized due to exposure to carbon monoxide.

Midwest Motor Express was cited for the "willful violation" of exposing employees to unsafe levels of carbon monoxide and not properly training forklift operators about using propane forklifts.

Bismarck, N.D.-based MME has 15 business days to pay the fine, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director or to contest the findings.

MME president Marlin Kling says the company cooperated with OSHA and nothing during the investigation suggested MME was engaged in conduct that could be interpreted as acts of willful violation. He says the company quickly addressed problems that were brought to its attention and understood its employees were not in any danger.

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