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National Pipe Addresses Forklift Concerns

National Pipe and Plastic in the Town of Union is in the process of cutting down on the noise of its forklifts.
National Pipe and Plastic in the Town of Union is in the process of cutting down on the noise of its forklifts.

Earlier this year when the company moved to the town from Vestal, some neighbors nearby complained about the sound that forklifts make when they backup, which is a beeping noise.

National Pipe operates during the day and at night.

Company President Dave Culbertson says he has been in talks with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration for two years over the issue.

He has now been given the okay to have a manufacturer change the beeping safety feature sound to a strobe warning light instead.

"I think we're all trying to work together and I think that we can take care of this. I think we're already making progress towards that," said Town of Union Supervisor Rose Sotak.

Sotak also says that she did get complaints that there was an odor around National Pipe.

She says when she or other town employees stopped over they didn't smell anything.

Culbertson says there isn't a smell from the facility.
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