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OSHA News Release – Region 4
U.S. Department of Labor
Region 4 News Release
Release Number: 04-2411-ATL (277)
Wednesday, December 01, 2004
Contact: Andre Richards Jo Anne Burgoyne
Phone: (770) 984-8700 (404) 562-2076
Proposed penalties total more than $147,000
ATLANTA -- The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited 19 Atlanta-area contractors for exposing workers to safety hazards at a Kennesaw State University construction site. The agency has proposed penalties totaling $147,625.
"Strong enforcement is a key part of this Administration's efforts to reduce workplace injuries," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao. "The significant penalty of $147,625 in this case demonstrates our commitment to protecting the safety of American workers."
OSHA issued two repeat citations to Jonesboro-based Coreslab Structures, with proposed penalties totaling $37,500, for exposing workers to falls through open-sided floors and impalement (spearing by unprotected protruding metal bars). The company also received citations for alleged serious violations, with proposed penalties totaling $27,500, for defective fall arrest systems and inadequately grounded equipment.
Lack of fall protection, defective equipment, and failure to protect workers from impalement and falling objects were the most frequent safety hazards cited in citations issued to the other contractors. Chamblee-based AFM Interior Systems, Inc., received eight citations, with proposed penalties totaling $15,750. The general contractor, Atlanta-based Manhattan Construction Co., Flagler Division, received four citations, with proposed penalties totaling $6,175.
Other companies and proposed penalties are: Atlanta Drywall - $8,000; Jonquil Steel & Construction, Inc. - $7,750; Hertz Equipment Rental - $7,500; All South Electric - $7,000; Metalite, Inc. - $6,800; Georgia Vinyl Distributors, Inc. - $6,000, Center Brothers, Inc. - $5,700. T.C. Drywall - $2,700; J.A. LoDen Masonry - $2,500; Pyramid Masonry - $2,125; Dixie Roof Decks - $2,000; CPD Plastering Inc. - $1,200; Gwinnett Sprinkler Co.- $750; Amp Miller Mechanical - $225; A S Communications - $225; and John Prichard Construction - $225.
The companies have 15 working days to contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. There were 23 companies on site during the OSHA inspection.
The three buildings under construction at the Kennesaw State University site were inspected by staff from OSHA's Atlanta-West area office located at 2400 Herodian Way, Suite 250, Smyrna, Ga., phone: (770) 984-8700.
The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration conducted more than 39,000 inspections during the 2004 fiscal year. Employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of America's workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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