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Hemp Warehouse’s ‘Inexcusable’ Conditions Lead to $825,000 Fine

Nov. 6, 2019, 5:17 PM

A quintet of Oregon employers together face proposed worker safety fines totaling $825,000 for alleged hazards at a hemp processing warehouse, the state Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Nov. 5.

According to Oregon OSHA, about 25 people were working and living in a 24,000-square-foot warehouse that had been declared unsafe by the county building department.

“The neglect in this case is staggering and totally inexcusable,” Oregon OSHA’s administrator, Michael Wood, said in a written statement.

Oregon OSHA was alerted to the building conditions by the state fire marshal’s office and began its investigation in May. By that time, the...

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