Metal Fab Faces Safety Fine

Monday, May 7, 2012 @ 12:05 PM gHale

Byron, GA-based Southern Perfection Fabrication Holdings Inc. is facing a fine of $54,600 for 15 serious safety and health violations, including exposing workers to combustible residues and flammable liquids in the spraying and power coating areas without adequate precautions to prevent fires and explosions, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA initiated an inspection of the Byron metal fabrication shop in November based on a complaint.

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The violations include, failing to train workers on the use of fire extinguishers; periodically inspect fire extinguishers; conduct air sampling in the powder coating area where excessive amounts of airborne particles exceeded the permissible exposure limit; assess the need for personal protective equipment; develop a hearing conservation program; limit exposure to noise hazards; provide a written respiratory protection program; train on the use of a respirator; provide written hazard communication and respiratory protection programs and train workers in the use of personal protective equipment such as safety glasses, face shields, protective gloves and clothing when performing powder coating operations.

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.

“Companies must not wait for a catastrophic event or an OSHA inspection before they act to protect their workers from serious injuries and illnesses,” said William Fulcher, the agency’s Atlanta-East area director.

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