OSHA fines southern Oklahoma company

Tuesday, June 17th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Hugo-AP) -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is proposing $142,500 fines against each of three companies for conditions at a southeastern Oklahoma plant.

The companies are R Repair Kar and Seaboard Container Cleaning in Hugo and Texas-based First Odyssey Group.

R Repair Kar is a bankrupt rail car cleaning and repair business now owned by Seaboard Container. First Odyssey provided personnel for the plant.

OSHA says R Repair Kar employees worked in confined spaces with unsafe air without proper gear or training. OSHA says each company is responsible for exposing workers to a variety of chemicals.

Seaboard President Robert Foster says the violations occurred before Seaboard bought R Repair Kar's assets in April.

First Odyssey Group President Carl Kleimann says the company plans to appeal the citation and fine.