A business in Georgia is under fire from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration after an investigation uncovered numerous safety violations. It’s not the first time this business — Columbia Recycling Corp. — has faced OSHA or its fines. The recent fines total over $300,000.
The federal safety agency’s most recent investigation into the company was prompted by a report or complaint, possibly from one of the business’s workers. One of the business’s locations received nine total citations from the federal agency after the investigation — five for repeated violations and three for serious violations.
The serious violations included issues related to not storing cylinders of compressed gas correctly, not having sufficient work space surrounding electrical equipment and failure to ensure employees operating industrial trucks had the right training. The repeat violations included failure to administer a safety program to protect and conserve employee hearing and failure to store certain liquids properly.
The company was also cited for failing to ensure nameplates were legible and not ensuring procedures regarding machine shut down were specific and clear. In addition, the company received a citation because it didn’t report a work-related amputation injury within the required federal timeline.
Safety issues don’t seem like a new thing for this company. Between 2007 and 2012, the company dealt with six separate fires at one of its locations. It also had 11 citations and a fine of over $40,000 from OSHA in 2007.
If you are working for a company that is ignoring basic safety guidelines, then you have options. First, you can report the issues to entities such as OSHA who will take investigative action. If you are injured because of such issues, you can speak with a legal professional about options for reparations, including payments from workers’ compensation.
Source: Suwannee Democrat, “Local business facing more than $300,000 in fines,” Oct. 05, 2016