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General Motors Cited For Two Safety Violations

July 4, 1986

LANSING, Mich. (AP) _ The Michigan Department of Labor has cited a General Motors Corp. plant here for two safety violations discovered following the death of an employee.

A fine of $1,800 has been proposed for the Buick-Oldsmobile-Cadillac Plant 3 for one violations, department spokesman Gene Hashley said.

Larry Gillis was killed June 22 at the plant when he was struck on the head by a falling electrical panel, Hashley said.

The labor department proposed that plant be fined for allegedly failing to ensure that a forklift truck operator moving the panel carry only loads that could not fall off, Hashley said. Investigators found that employees had loaded a 13-foot electrical panel onto a forklift truck with 4-foot-long forks, he said.

The second citation, for which there was no fine, alleged the plant failed to ensure that forklift tires were used as recommended by the manufacturer, Hashley said. Investigators found one tire had pulled away from the rim.

Company spokesman James Smidebush said there would be no comment on the charges pending a review.

The company has 15 days to appeal the citations to the general industry or construction division of the Department of Labor.

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