3 GA Manufacturers Face OSHA Fines

Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 03:01 PM gHale

Poultry processor KD Acquisition I LLC is facing fines of $142,150 for eight safety violations at its Braselton, GA, plant, said Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officials.

In addition, NuTech Powder Coaters LLC of Newnan, GA, faces 20 violations and fines of $55,200 and Go Plastics LLC of Canton, GA, faces $55,755 in fines for 22 safety violations.

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In the KD Acquisition case, OSHA said it received a complaint in July about safety hazards at the facility, which operates as Coleman Natural Foods.

OSHA fined the company $121,000 for failing to install machine guards on equipment where employees could come into contact with moving parts, tightly seal electrical enclosures to prevent severe corrosion and provide adequate strain relief on electrical components.

KD Acquisition also ended up fined $21,150 for four serious safety violations for failing to provide an ammonia detector that would warn of gas dispersal into the air, provide training to workers acting in the capacity of hazardous materials technicians when accessing equipment during emergency releases of ammonia, repair or contain hydraulic fluid leaks that created slippery floor surfaces and provide machine guards when operating the shaft ends of the conveyor systems.

In addition, the company earned a citation for failing to provide an annual maintenance inspection of a fire extinguisher.

Meanwhile, NuTech produces powder coating of metals for products such as brackets and shelves for the grocery store industry.

OSHA began an inspection of the company in August. Among other things, it cited the company with failing to ensure that employees used eye, face and hand protection while working with cleaners and products containing phosphoric acid, calcium carbonate and carbon black; and not training workers in the use of proper personal protective equipment.

Go Plastics specializes in rotational molding and makes products such as displays, storage containers and waste containers. OSHA fined the company $55,755 for 22 safety violations such as failing to provide machine guarding on the rotational molding machine, router, bench grinder and drill press; develop specific lockout/tagout procedures for energy sources; and train maintenance workers required to perform lockout/tagout procedures.

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