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NH Seafood Plant Faces Fine of $214,500 by OSHA

The federal government has proposed a fine of more than $214,000 against a Canadian seafood processing company for alleged violations at its Portsmouth, N.H., plant. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), inspectors found 17 violations of workplace health and safety standards at High Liner Foods. The problems were mostly involved with the ammonia piping system used for freezing.

The company which is based in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, is accused of failing to do the inspection and test the system, which OSHA says was corroded and encased in ice. It also was fined for failing to correct previously identified problems with the system.

The company has been given a time period of 15 days to comply or contest the findings. No spokesperson was available to comment on this issue.