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OSHA cites Georgia facility and staffing agency

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued health and safety citations to HP Pelzer Automotive Systems and the agency that provides it with temporary workers. Pelzer supplies car parts to major automakers, and has locations in Georgia and around the country.

In July 2013, OSHA began an inspection of the company's facility in Thomson, Georgia, after receiving a complaint alleging hazardous conditions. It has now cited the company for 11 serious health and safety violations, which carry $80,100 in penalties. Among the violations are ones for not preventing compressed air from being used to clean without regulating the pressure, exposing workers to thermal skin burns due to unprotected hot fittings and pipes, not creating and implementing written lockout procedures for repairing machines, not ensuring that exit routes are accessible, and not creating and implementing a danger communication program for formaldehyde exposure.

OSHA also cited Pelzer for three repeat violations associated with 2008 and 2009 inspections and carrying a total of $121,000 in penalties, including exposing workers to laceration and amputation dangers due to machine parts not being guarded. The staffing agency received a serious health citation for not providing temporary workers with training in formaldehyde and its dangers. The agency, which has an office at the Thomson location, is under contract with Pelzer to provide workers with some training before they are sent to the company's facility.

The citations were issued by OSHA because both companies were found to be putting their workers at risk. Regardless of fault, in the event that a worker is injured in the course of employment, an attorney with experience in workers' compensation law may be able to help file a claim for benefits to which the worker is entitled.

Source: WJBF, "Thomson Automotive Parts Manufacturer Cited, Fined By OSHA", Randy Key, February 04, 2014

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