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OSHA cites Kankakee facility for health violations

KANKAKEE, Ill. — A Johnson Controls facility in Kankakee has been cited for five health violations involving workers and asbestos.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed fines totaling more than $59,000.

OSHA says the company failed to required workers to wear appropriate respirators and use protective clothing, among other violations. The agency inspected the work site after receiving a complaint about alleged hazards.

Johnson Controls Inc. is an auto parts and building equipment maker based in Milwaukee.

The company has 15 business days to comply or request an informal conference with OSHA's area director. The company also could contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Federal law requires employers to provide safe and healthful workplaces for their employees.

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