AK Steel fined $206,000 for Pa. records violations

BUTLER, Pa. (AP) - The federal government is leveling a $206,000 fine against AK Steel Corp. for what investigators said are record-keeping violations of work-related hearing hazards at its Butler Works facility in western Pennsylvania.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Monday that inspectors cited AK Steel with four willful violations and six less-serious violations from 2007 to 2010. OSHA says the steelmaker failed to properly document cases when some Butler Works employees' hearing tests revealed that they suffered a work-related hearing loss.

AK Steel has 15 days to comply, request a conference with OSHA officials, or contest the ruling and fine.

The West Chester, Ohio-based steelmaker operates facilities in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. A spokesman did not immediately return a call for comment.

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