Following an investigation of an Atlanta, Georgia, manufacturing facility operated by Spruill Products Inc., the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) issued citations for alleged health violations discovered at the plant and a fine for $86,200.
According to the safety agency's website, five of infractions issued were related to prior incidents investigated in August 2008. These include the failure to provide employees with adequate eye protection and face protection equipment, conduct trainings for workers about lockout/tagout procedures for machinery, install safeguards for band saws and press brakes and neglecting to properly clear dust and liquid debris from the paint floor of the facility.
Spruill Products received additional citations for the lack of appropriate hand protection for employees handling dangerous materials and emergency eyewash stations, exposure to falling hazards within the facility near dangerous machinery, improper storage of acetylene and oxygen canisters and the absence of training regarding chemical dangers.
"Repeat violations indicate this employer has failed to ensure that workplace hazards previously brought to management's attention stayed corrected," Bill Fulcher, OSHA's Atlanta-East area director, said in a statement released by the safety agency. "Employers are responsible for ensuring that employees have a safe and healthful work environment."
Companies that receive hazard citations have 15 business days to comply with the orders, protest the results before an independent board of regulators or request a meeting with the issuing OSHA area director.
Federal health regulations exist to ensure that employees work in the safest possible environment. Businesses can comply with these standards by ensuring that workers have the best knowledge and equipment possible.
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