Region 4 News Release: 11-414-ATL (151)
April 12, 2011
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US Labor Department's OSHA cites 3 subsidiary companies of Doraville, Ga.-
based Jinny Corp. for safety violations, proposes $71,000 in penalties
ATLANTA – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited three companies owned by Jinny Corp. – JBS Beauty Club, JBS Hair Distribution Center and Jinny Beauty Supply Co. – all in Doraville, with a combined 22 safety violations. Proposed penalties total $71,000.
Jinny Corp. produces and supplies hair care and beauty products, and has operations in Miami, Dallas, Chicago and Los Angeles. Acting in response to a complaint, OSHA conducted inspections of the three subsidiary companies. The agency cited JBS Beauty Club with six serious violations including locking emergency exits, blocking exits with shelving, not illuminating exit signs, exposing employees to electrical hazards from missing covers on electrical panels, exposing workers to live electrical parts and failing to provide training on how to operate a forklift. Penalties total $25,000. The company also was cited for one other-than-serious violation with no monetary penalty for failing to develop an emergency evacuation plan.
JBS Hair Distribution Center was cited for six serious violations including locking emergency exits, incorrectly marking an interior exit as an emergency exit and blocking that exit with a storage rack, allowing use of flexible cords to power an electrical outlet, using a flexible cord as permanent wiring, allowing materials to block access to an electrical panel and failing to provide training on how to operate a forklift. Penalties total $25,000. Two other-than-serious citations with no penalties were issued for failing to develop an emergency evacuation plan and to ensure that openings at the bottom of an electrical box were closed.
Jinny Beauty Supply Co. was cited for five serious violations including blocking exits with materials, debris or shelving; exposing workers to live electrical parts; failing to install a light switch faceplate; failing to install terminal screws on electrical cords to prevent abrasions; allowing a 120-volt receptacle to hang out from the wall; and failing to provide training on how to operate a forklift. Penalties total $21,000. Two other-than-serious citations with no penalties were issued for storing boxes adjacent to the sprinkler system and for failing to develop an emergency evacuation plan.
A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known. An other-than-serious violation is one that has a direct relationship to job safety and health, but probably would not cause death or serious physical harm.
"These three companies share common ownership and a common failure to take the required preventative measures to protect employees' safety," said William Fulcher, director of OSHA's Atlanta-East Area Office. "If a fire occurred at any of these facilities, some of the violations identified by OSHA would endanger employees' lives."
Jinny Corp. has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. OSHA's Atlanta-East office can be reached at 770-493-6644. To report workplace incidents, fatalities or situations posing imminent danger to workers, call the agency's toll-free hotline at 800-321-OSHA (6742).
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.
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