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Region 4 News Release:    07-1934-ATL (006)
Jan. 7, 2008
Contact: Dan Fuqua     Michael Wald
Phone: (404) 562-2078     (404) 562-2076

U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA proposes $41,000 in penalties against Madison, Ga., manufacturer for 8 safety violations

ATLANTA -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed $41,000 in penalties against J.D.R. Enterprises for willful, serious and other violations of federal workplace safety standards at its Madison, Ga., drainage products manufacturing plant.

"There is no excuse for an employer willfully violating federal safety and health regulations," said Gei Thae Breezley, director of OSHA's Atlanta East Area Office. "It is disturbing to know that this employer received recommendations to address a safety issue but chose not to fully implement them."

OSHA inspectors issued a willful violation with a $35,000 proposed penalty for failing to fully implement an energy control program. The company had received an expert recommendation to develop such a program but failed to act on that recommendation. A willful violation is one committed with plain indifference to or intentional disregard for employee safety and health.

OSHA also cited J.D.R. Enterprises for three serious violations with proposed penalties totaling $5,500 for failing to provide personal protective equipment training, failing to fully train power truck operators and not providing machine guards on equipment. A company employee was injured as a result of a machine lacking a hand guard