GA Parts Maker Failed to Fix Issues: OSHA

Friday, September 5, 2014 @ 05:09 PM gHale

Truss Components of Atlanta Inc. is facing $92,851 in fines for one failure-to-abate, five repeat and two serious safety and health violations, following an inspection in February at the company’s facility on Old Covington Highway in Conyers, GA, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA initiated the inspection as a follow up to a previous inspection conducted in November 2013. Truss Components of Atlanta, a manufacturer of wooden trusses for use in the construction industry based in Conyers, employs 27 workers.

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“Truss Components of Atlanta either never corrected the known hazards or allowed those hazards to reoccur. Employers must take the safety and health of their workers seriously, otherwise they risk their employees falling seriously ill, being injured or dying,” said William Fulcher, director of OSHA’s Atlanta-East Area Office.

The failure-to-abate citation, with $50,000 in penalties, was for failing to establish a hearing test program for workers exposed to high noise levels. The employer faced previous citations for this violation in 2013. A failure-to-abate citation is for when an employer fails to fix or address previously cited hazardous conditions, practices or noncompliant equipment.

With $36,960 in penalties, the repeat citations were for the employer’s failure to establish a training program for workers exposed to high noise levels, develop and implement a hazard communication program, and identify pedestrian walkways in areas where industrial trucks operated. Additionally, the employer exposed workers to fire and explosion hazards due to combustible wood dust accumulation. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously faced the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years. Truss Components of Atlanta previously received a citation for these same violations in 2013 at the same facility.

The serious citations, with $5,891 in penalties, were for failing to develop and implement written instructions for disconnecting electricity from equipment while workers performed maintenance and service activities and for not requiring workers to conduct daily safety checks of forklift trucks prior to use. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

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