A Waterville truck body manufacturing plant has agreed to pay $220,000 in workplace safety penalties to settle complaints by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Some of The Shyft Duramag LLC’s penalties were reclassified to lower levels of severity, prompting a change in the original $394,000 in penalties down to $220,000, according to the settlement agreement.

Formerly known as F3 MFG Inc., The Shyft Group Duramag LLC is located at a 150,000-square-foot facility at 977 West River Road. An Oct. 1 OSHA inspection led to the plant being cited March 29 for three willful and 10 serious violations. According to the settlement agreement, The Shyft Group Duramag LLC agreed to correct its violations and pay the penalty within 15 days of the agreement dated April 22.

Two violations originally classified as serious were changed to other than serious. The three willful citations were changed to serious.

The plant, which makes aluminum truck bodies and racks, failed to protect employees against struck-by and crushing hazards, according to OSHA officials. The plant also did not provide adequate training, failed to conduct a hazard assessment, did not provide efficient protective equipment, did not establish and implement a respiratory protection program and more, according to OSHA.

F3 MFG Inc. was acquired by the Michigan-based Shyft Group in October.


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