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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Violation Detail

Standard Cited:5A0001 OSH Act General Duty Paragraph

Violation Items

Nr: 1226755.015 Citation: 01006 Issuance: 07/25/2017 ReportingID: 0418100

Viol Type:Serious NrInstances:15 Contest Date:
Abatement Date:08/18/2017 2 Nr Exposed:25 Final Order:08/21/2017
Initial Penalty: $12,675.00 REC:C Emphasis:
Current Penalty: $7,605.00 Gravity:10 Haz Category:

Penalty and Failure to Abate Event History
Type Event Date Penalty Abatement Type FTA Insp
Penalty Z: Issued 07/25/2017 $12,675.00 08/18/2017 Serious  
Penalty I: Informal Settlement 08/21/2017 $7,605.00 08/18/2017 Serious  

Text For Citation: 01 Item/Group: 006 Hazard:

OSH ACT of 1970 Section (5)(a)(1): The employer did not furnish employment and a place of employment which were free from recognized hazards that were causing or likely to cause death or serious physical harm to employees in that employees were exposed to falling racks and falling product when racks that were damaged and racks with job-made repairs were used to store materials. This hazard was recognized by the employer who had performed job-made repairs on some of the racks. On or about 4/20/2017 in the G-Dock facility freezers at 4300 Plesantdale Road Atlanta, GA: Employees were exposed to struck-by hazards while performing work around damaged racks. The racks were in use with materials stored in all locations of the racks. The materials stored weighed 250-300 pounds per stack. Forklifts are used to access the materials in the racks in freezers 22 through 26 in the facility. Racks observed with defects and deficiencies such as but not limited to: a. Twisted support legs and bent braces b. Broken metal welds on the support legs and cross braces c. Improper job-made welding repairs made by the employer AMONG OTHER METHODS, ONE FEASIBLE AND ACCEPTABLE ABATEMENT METHOD TO CORRECT THESE HAZARDS IS: To follow American National Standard Institute (ANSI) MH16.1:2012, Specification for the Design, Testing, and Utilization of Industrial Storage Racks, Section 1.4.9, which states, "Upon any visible damage, the pertinent portions of the rack shall be immediately isolated by the user until the damaged portion is evaluated by a storage rack design professional. Before allowing the rack to be placed back into service the design professional must certify that the rack system and/or the repaired components have been restored to at least their original design capacity.

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