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OSHA finds 58 violations at Hoover Dam near Vegas

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By KEN RITTER
Associated Press

LAS VEGAS (AP) - U.S. safety officials are requiring the federal agency that operates Hoover Dam to fix 58 health and safety violations found in recent inspections at the massive Colorado River water retention and hydroelectric power plant east of Las Vegas.

Interior Department officials with the Bureau of Reclamation say they're working on it.

A spokeswoman for the dam, Rose Davis, said Monday that no one has been injured as a result of issues that Occupational Safety and Health inspectors found last summer.

OSHA chief Ken Atha says inspectors found toxic lead contamination, electrical hazards, inadequate personal protective equipment and machinery guards, and the potential for overexposure to cancer-causing hexavalent chromium.

About 250 people work at the dam, and the hydropower plant provides electricity to customers in California, Arizona and Nevada.

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