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OSHA Proposes Penalties Of More Than $266,000 Against Tucker, Ga., Manufacturer (EXTRA)

OSHA Proposes Penalties Of More Than $266,000 Against Tucker, Ga., Manufacturer (EXTRA)
Atlanta: The U.S Department of Labor’s OSHA cited Crespac Inc. in Tucker, Ga. with 34 safety and health violations. The proposed penalties are total of $266,400.

"OSHA began its comprehensive safety and health inspection after learning of two separate incidents resulting in amputations within a 30-day period," said director of OSHA’s Atlanta-East Area Office, Gei-Thae Breezley. "In both instances, management knew of deficiencies but acted with plain indifference by failing to correct the problems in a timely manner that could have prevented these amputations."

The willful citations result from the failure of the company to ensure that all machines had required safety guards, usable safety interlock switches installed in the machinery and functional emergency stop cords. A willful violation is that committed intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law’s requirements or with the indifference to safety and health of the employee.

Citation to the company is for the repeat violations related to having wet and slippery floors, lack of machines and safety guards, machines operated with the broken parts and employees exposed to the electrical shocks.

Serious violations include slipping and tripping hazards, fall hazards, entrapment hazards, failure to give proper equipment or training, electrical hazards, failure to train forklift operators, noise hazards, insufficient respirator program for the employees and exposure to hazardous chemicals. There is serious OSHA violation if death or serious harm can result from a hazard an employer knew or should have known exits. Repeat violation is issued by OSHA when it finds a substantially similar violation of any regulation, standard, rule or order at any of a company’s other facilities in federal enforcement states.