Nearly $180K in penalties proposed
Homerville, Georgia – OSHA initiated an investigation of the Dupont Yard Inc. facilities in October 2014, after receiving a complaint alleging safety hazards. As a result of the investigation, OSHA issued 14 citations, including eight repeated violations, to the employer for not keeping the floors and walkways free of debris, exposing workers to falls due to missing guardrails, as well as shock and burn hazards from uncovered wiring in junction boxes and electrical panels, and not providing workers with forklift training. Additionally, the employer was cited for not training employees to operate fire extinguishers and exposing workers to unguarded machine parts while the machines were in operation. Proposed penalties of $179,388 were levied against the company.
Dupont Yard manufactures posts for agricultural projects and highway construction and also produces timber and wood chips.
Since 2010, Dupont has received 47 citations for safety hazards at its Homerville, Georgia facility. The company has been placed in OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program, which mandates targeted follow-up inspections to ensure compliance with the law. Under the program, OSHA may inspect any of the employer’s facilities or job sites.
“Every day, Dupont Yard employees are being put at risk of serious injury, including amputations, burns or blindness, and in some cases even death,” said Robert Vazzi, director of OSHA’s Savannah Area Office. “Management’s continual disregard for safety standards is endangering workers, and as long as this is happening, OSHA will hold employers’ accountable for providing a safe and healthful workplace.”
View the citations here: http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/DupontYardInc_1002675_0417_15.pdf