Truss Components of Atlanta Inc. has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for five repeat and two serious work safety violations, as well as one failure-to-abate, following an inspection at the facility in February. OSHA conducted the inspection as part of a follow-up to a November 2013 inspection, and includes $92,851 in proposed penalties. If you have been injured in an on-the-job accident in Georgia, or if you lost a loved one in a GA workplace accident, consult our knowledgeable attorneys at Rechtman & Spevak today to explore your possible compensation options.
Workers Exposed to Hazards On the Job
With $50,000 in penalties, the failure-to-abate citation was issued for failing to establish a hearing test program for workers exposed to high noise levels, a violation the employer was previously cited for in 2013. A failure-to-abate citation is issued by OSHA when an employer fails to address previously cited hazardous conditions, equipment or practices on the job. The serious workplace violations, associated with $5,891 in penalties, were issued by OSHA for not requiring workers to conduct routine safety checks of forklift trucks, and for failing to establish written instructions for disconnecting electricity from equipment at the facility while performing maintenance and service activities. A serious sasfety violation is cited when there is a considerable probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a safety hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.
Work Safety Violations in Georgia
The repeat safety violations, associated with $36,960 in penalties, were issued for the employer’s failure to establish a training program for employees exposed to high noise levels, identify pedestrian walkways in areas where industrial trucks were used, and develop and implement a safety hazard communication program. The employer was also cited for exposing workers to explosion and fire hazards due to combustible dust accumulation. Repeat violations are cited when an employer has previously been cited for the same or a similar violation of a workplace safety regulation at any facility within the previous five years. According to OSHA, Truss Components of Atlanta was previously cited for these same work safety violations at this facility in 2013.
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“Truss Components of Atlanta 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. If you have suffered injuries in a workplace accident in Atlanta, Marietta, or elsewhere in Georgia, contact our workers’ compensation lawyers at Rechtman & Spevak for legal help. Our attorneys have years of experience protecting the rights of injured workers throughout Georgia, and can help you pursue the benefits you deserve for your on-the-job injuries.