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Agency cites Ashley Furniture for alleged safety violations

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WHITEHALL, Wis. (AP) -- A federal safety agency has again cited Ashley Furniture Industries Inc. for alleged safety violations at one of its Wisconsin factories.
   The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration alleged Monday that Ashley failed to protect workers from moving machine parts at its upholstery plant in Whitehall.
   The agency says Ashley failed to put in place procedures at the plant to keep machines from accidentally starting up while workers cleaned them, changed blades or cleared jams.
   The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports OSHA is proposing $431,000 in fines. The company currently is contesting another $1.8 million in proposed fines from previous inspections at its factory in Arcadia, in western Wisconsin.
   In a statement, Ashley called the allegations "outrageous," and said it "will vigorously challenge" the citations.
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