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Georgia Processor Faces $380k For Safety Violations

The U.S Department of OSHA is proposing $379,800 in penalties for safety violations that has lead to gaining of Gainesville facility. The company has been cited with 4 safety violations with a penalty proposed to an amount of $252,000 for hazard analysis which is required to establish a specific procedure for maintaining the integrity of process equipment.

The employer failed to perform the required compliance audits for 2000,2003 and 2007. OSHA fines a willful violation as they are committed to plain indifference or intentional disregard for employee safety and health.

This plant has been cited with 37 serious violations for $127,800 for proposed penalties. The safety hazards include: a lack of proper machine guarding with uncovered floor holes, obstructed emergency routes, a lockout device which is not being affected to electrical disconnect with fire extinguishers not readily available.

The violations include failing to establish a maintenance program which develop an emergency response plan for people responding to ammonia emergencies. No serious violations were found, but the penalty was surely being accessed.

Mar-Jac Poultry management should not wait till a injury or death occurs to any of workers before making any necessary changes to safety and health program. When the company knows and continues to ignore the responsibilities then OSHA would step into that plant to protect the workers.

As a result of which this company has 15 business days from the receipt of citations to comply an informal request with OSHA director to contest the citations for proposed penalties before OSHA Commission.