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Region 4 News Release: 06-1221-ATL (148)
Date: July 24, 2006
Contact: John Deifer Dan Fuqua
Phone: (912) 652-4393 (404) 562-2078
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Haulmark of Georgia Inc. of Fitzgerald for hazardous material exposure and other workplace safety and health violations. The agency is proposing penalties totaling $57,150.
"This inspection was conducted because the company has a history of occupational injuries and illnesses," said John J. Deifer, OSHA's area director in Savannah. "We found that significant safety and health issues still exist."
OSHA issued 29 serious safety and health citations to the trailer manufacturer for failing to prevent worker exposure to methylene chloride, a hazardous chemical used to clean equipment. Serious citations were also issued because the company failed to protect workers from falls, electrical shock, fire hazards associated with the use and storage of flammable paints and compressed gasses, and additional safety and health hazards. Proposed penalties for these violations total $55,350.
Serious citations are issued when there is a substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result and that the employer knew or should have known of the hazards.
OSHA also issued four other-than-serious citations with proposed penalties of $1,800 for violations. These citations included the failure to develop and implement a respiratory protection program with medical evaluations for workers spray painting with hazardous solvents.
The inspection of Haulmark of Georgia Inc. was conducted under OSHA's Site Specific Targeting Program, which targets those workplaces with reported high injury and illness rates.
The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations to request and participate in an informal conference with the OSHA area director or to contest the citations before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
Employers and employees with questions about workplace safety and health can contact OSHA's Savannah area office at (912) 652-4393. A toll-free hotline may be used to report workplace accidents, fatalities or situations posing an imminent danger to workers. The hotline number is (800) 321-6742.
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.
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