- Associated Press - Monday, December 22, 2014

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) - Federal regulators say a northeast Pennsylvania chimney supply company continued to violate safety regulations after accidents in which some employees lost fingers.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Monday it is fining Olympia Chimney Supply Inc. of Scranton $49,000 for 14 safety violations discovered during inspections stemming from a complaint this summer.

The agency says Olympia employees have had more than 20 injuries in recent years. It says Olympia failed to safeguard machines and had flaws in a system designed to prevent machines from starting up inadvertently during maintenance.

Olympia manufactures materials used for chimney construction and restoration. Spokesman Scott Brickel said the company takes the safety of employees seriously and is reviewing the documents and working with regulators and its management team to ensure a safe working environment.

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