ALPENA - The Alpena County Road Commission escaped a surprise inspection from the Occupation Safety and Health Administration with only a pair of minor violations, which, according to Managing Director Larry Orcutt, have been resolved. The inspector found a pair of machines missing pulley guards and a forklift with a broken horn.
Orcutt said the inspections are random, but the procedures in place help the road commission stay prepared for the inspector's surprise visit to the facility. He said more communication with OSHA is needed to find out if there will be any penalties, but Orcutt said overall the sticking points are somewhat small.
"The OSHA inspections are almost always a surprise. You don"t really get any advance notice when they are going to come in," he said. "We haven't had our final conference with them yet, but preliminary discussions indicated we had done very well. It is my guess there will be a small monetary fine. We had a similar situation a few years back, and I think our fine was about $200. I don't know what their current rate scale is. We did have everything corrected before he came back for his follow-up visit."
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