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The federal government has proposed $130,200 in fines against a Fairport Harbor yacht designer and manufacturer for alleged “willful, serious and repeat violations of federal workplace safety standards.”

In a statement released this afternoon, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced the proposed fine against Novis Marine Ltd., which now goes by the name Grand River Composites.

OSHA said its investigation, opened last August, “resulted in one willful citation for fall hazards associated with open-sided floors and platforms, 23 alleged serious violations involving electrical and fire hazards, lack of personal protective equipment and stair railings, machine guarding and training deficiencies.”

The agency said repeat violations “involved a lack of explosion-proof equipment in paint spray booths and other potential fire hazards.”

Brad Mitchell, an OSHA spokesman in Chicago, said the company received the citations late this morning. He said it now has 15 business days to comply with the proposed fine, to request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director or to contest the citations before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. Thanks to Crain’s Cleveland Business.