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OSHA News Release – Region 4
U.S. Department of Labor
Region 4 News Release
Release Number: 04-188-ATL (45)
Tues., March 2, 2004
Contact: James Borders Jo Anne Burgoyne
Phone: (904) 232-2895 (404) 562-2076
$104,000 in Penalties Proposed
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Golden Peanut Company, LLC, for exposing workers to safety hazards at the company's Greenwood and High Springs peanut storage facilities. The agency is proposing penalties totaling $104,000.
"This company failed to protect its workers from known hazards," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao. "The $104,000 in significant penalties proposed in this case demonstrates that this Administration is committed to protecting workers' health and safety."
The company received 16 serious citations, with proposed total penalties of $58,000, for hazards observed at the Greenwood facility. The alleged violations included exposing employees to fall hazards from defective ladders, unguarded roof edges, floor openings, catwalks and platforms. The company was also cited for allowing workers to enter a dump pit, an area that might be oxygen deficient, without first testing the pit's atmosphere.
OSHA's investigation also revealed that the company failed to have a worker and rescue equipment stationed outside the pit when employees were working inside it. The company was also cited for having improperly guarded machinery and inadequate protection from electrical hazards.
The safety agency also issued 15 serious citations, with proposed penalties of $46,000, for exposing High Springs employees to hazards similar to those observed at the Greenwood warehouse. OSHA issues serious citations when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result and that the employer knew or should have known of the hazard.
Golden Peanut has 15 working days to contest the citations and penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. OSHA's Jacksonville area office staff conducted the inspections. The office is located in the Ribault Building, Room 227, 1851 Executive Center Drive; phone: (904) 232-2895.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is dedicated to saving lives, preventing injuries and illnesses, and protecting America's workers. In fiscal year 2003, OSHA conducted almost 40,000 inspections, and more than half focused on high-hazard industries. For more information visit OSHA's web site at www.osha.gov.
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