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OSHA Fines Seafood Processor $214,000

Wed, 06/02/2010 - 4:32am

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — The U.S. government has proposed more than $214,000 in fines against a Canadian seafood processing company accused of violations at a New Hampshire plant.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says inspectors found 17 violations of workplace health and safety standards at High Liner Foods in Portsmouth. It says most violations involved problems with an ammonia piping system used for freezing.

The company is based in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Its U.S. brands include Fisher Boy and Sea Cuisine. It's accused of failing to inspect and test the piping system, which OSHA says was corroded. It also was cited for failing to correct previous problems.

The company has 15 days to comply or contest the findings. CEO Keith Decker says the company takes safety seriously and expects to discuss the proposed citations with OSHA.

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