Federal authorities have cited an Illinois bumper manufacturing plant with safety and health violations for allegedly failing to monitor worker's exposure to harmful materials while cleaning industrial tanks. A statement from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration says Urbana-based Flex-N-Gate Corporation didn't take sufficient steps to monitor exposure to nickel, chromium, hydrochloric acid and sulfuric acid. The agency says the company sometimes failed to do periodic medical checks of employees or to provide workers advanced training on potential hazards. OSHA proposed fines totaling $57,000 for nine violations. OSHA says Flex-N-Gate Corporation operates as Guardian West in Urbana. Flex-N-Gate employs 12,500 people at 50 plants in the United States and overseas.
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