- Associated Press - Thursday, July 14, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Federal officials say an upstate New York manufacturing company that was damaged by a fire last December faces nearly $200,000 in fines for failing to take steps that would prevent another blaze.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says RWS Manufacturing in the Washington County town of Kingsbury didn’t correct combustible dust hazards identified during inspections conducted before a fire damaged machinery used to convert logs into wood shavings for animal bedding.

A follow-up inspection resulted in OSHA issuing citations for numerous violations, with proposed penalties totaling about $198,000.

The Post-Star of Glens Falls reported in December that the plant has been the site of at least four other fires over the past six years.

Plant manager Don Student said the company was still reviewing the OSHA report and couldn’t immediately comment on it.


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