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OSHA News Release – Region 4
U.S. Department of Labor
Region 4 News Release: 06-1448-ATL (168)
Date: Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Contact: Andre Richards Jo Anne Burgoyne
Phone: (770) 984-8700 (404) 562-2076
Proposed Penalties Total $176,000
ATLANTA -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Pyramid Mouldings, Rossville, Ga., for allegedly exposing workers to repeated and serious safety and health hazards. The agency is proposing penalties totaling $176,000.
"This inspection was conducted because of a programmed safety inspection that was expanded to include a health inspection," said Andre C. Richards, OSHA's Atlanta-West area director. "We found that significant safety and health issues still exist."
OSHA issued five repeat citations with proposed penalties totaling $100,000. The citations were issued for hazards associated with machine guarding, mechanical power presses, eye protection and potentially dangerous energy that exposed workers to amputation and crushing risks.
Repeat violations occur when an employer has been cited previously for a substantially similar condition and the citation has become a final order of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
The company also received 20 serious citations with proposed penalties of $76,000. These were issued for hazards relating to locked exits; exit markings; electrical systems; personal protective equipment; eyewash and shower facilities; hazard communication guidelines; lockout/tagout procedures to prevent injuries during machinery servicing; and other safety and health conditions.
OSHA issues serious citations when there is a substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from hazards about which the employer knew or should have known.
Pyramid Mouldings, a manufacturer of roll-formed decorative trim and other products, has 15 working days to contest the citations and proposed penalties before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. The site was inspected by staff from OSHA's Atlanta-West area office, 2400 Herodian Way, Suite 250, Smyrna, Ga., phone (770) 984-8700.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, 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 working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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