Safety Fines for GA Truck Parts Maker

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 @ 04:05 PM gHale

Blue Ridge Manufacturing LLC is facing $64,400 in fines for 20 serious safety and health violations for exposing workers to safety hazards following an inspection at the company’s truck body manufacturing facility in Blue Ridge, GA, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The agency initiated the March inspection because of a complaint. Blue Ridge Manufacturing specializes in building specialty truck bodies for commercial trucks.

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“Employees working at this company are facing hazards, such as unguarded equipment, missing safety equipment and unsafe noise levels,” said Bill Fulcher, director of OSHA’s Atlanta-East Area Office. “These hazards put workers at risk of serious injury or death and must be addressed immediately.”

With $63,700 in penalties, the serious safety violations include the employer’s failure to provide lockout/tagout training to protect workers from dangerous machinery during equipment maintenance and servicing and failure to train workers required to operate powered industrial trucks. The company failed to inspect the crane used to pick up steel parts and to ensure exits were unlocked and clearly marked. Additionally, workers faced exposure to struck-by and caught-in hazards from unguarded equipment, electrical shock and burn hazards, and dust levels that were six times greater than the established limit. 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.

The company also faces citations for an other than serious violation with a $700 penalty because of its failure to maintain the required OSHA injury and illness logs to reflect where injuries have occurred. An other than serious violation is one that has a direct relationship to job safety and health, but probably would not cause death or serious physical harm.

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