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OSHA News Release – Region 4
U.S. Department of Labor
Region 4 News Release ATL 03-137
Tues., June 24, 2003
Contact: Kurt Petermeyer Jo Anne Burgoyne
Phone: (912) 652-4393 (404) 562-2076
To More Than 30 Safety and Health Hazards
Proposed Penalties Total $45,250
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Triple A Modular Buildings, Inc., and proposed penalties totaling $45,250 for failing to protect workers from safety and health hazards observed at the Ellaville, Ga., facility during an OSHA inspection that began Jan. 16.
The company, a manufacturer of portable classrooms, trailers, mobile offices and modular buildings, received 29 citations for alleged serious violations of safety and health standards, with proposed penalties totaling $43,750 and four other-than-serious citations with proposed penalties of $1,500.
"Employees of Triple A Modular Buildings were exposed to some of the leading causes of job-related injuries and deaths: falls, electrocutions and amputations," said John Diefer, OSHA's Savannah area director. "Eliminating hazards prevents accidents."
OSHA issued serious safety citations to the company for exposing employees to falls from modular buildings, amputations from unguarded machinery and electrocutions from exposed electrical parts. The agency also cited fire hazards in a paint room that had improper electrical wiring and accumulated combustible materials; and improperly stored compressed gases in the frame shop.
Additional serious citations were issued for failing to have a hazard communication program in place; not training workers in the proper use of chemicals; lack of training and certification for forklift operators; and not having a program for employees who must wear respirators that included training, medical evaluations and fit testing.
Serious citations are issued when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result and the employer knew or should have known of the hazard. Other-than-serious citations are issued when the hazard does not have a substantial probability of causing death or serious physical harm but does directly relate to the safety and health of employees.
The company has 15 working days to contest the OSHA citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. The inspection was conducted by staff from OSHA's Savannah area office located at 450 Mall Blvd., Suite J; phone: (912) 652-4393.
OSHA is dedicated to saving lives, preventing injuries and illnesses and protecting America's workers. Safety and health add value to business, the workplace and life. For more information, visit www.osha.dol.
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