Sept. 12, 2008
Contact: Michael Wald
ATLANTA -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is proposing $137,000 in penalties for 32 serious safety and health violations uncovered during an inspection of Overhead Doors Corp.'s manufacturing facility in Athens, Ga.
"The large number of violations we found at this one location shows that employee safety and health is not this management's top priority," said Gei-Thae Breezley, director of OSHA's Atlanta-East Area Office.
OSHA found 25 serious safety violations resulting in $112,500 in proposed penalties. Safety deficiencies identified include an improper material handling process; failure to ensure proper guards on machines; an inadequate tagout/lockout program to prevent accidental start-ups of machinery; and deficiencies in the company's forklift operations. Employees at the plant were exposed to fire, electrical and tripping hazards.
An inspection of possible occupational health violations revealed seven serious hazards associated with the company's hearing conservation program, storage of flammable materials, personal protective equipment and its hazard communication program. The agency is proposing a total of $24,500 in penalties.
OSHA issues a serious citation when death or serious physical harm is likely to result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.
The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations to contest them and the proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. The site was inspected by staff from OSHA's Atlanta-East Area Office, 2183 Northlake Parkway, Building 7, Suite 110, Tucker, Ga.; telephone 770-493-6644.
OSHA operates a vigorous enforcement program, conducting more than 39,000 inspections in fiscal year 2007 and exceeding its inspection goals in each of the last eight years. In fiscal year 2007, OSHA found nearly 89,000 violations of its standards and regulations.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to promote the safety and health of America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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