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Region 4 Release Number: 10-1310-ATL (573)
Oct. 8, 2010
Contact: Michael D'Aquino       Michael Wald
E-mail: D'Aquino.Michael@dol.gov       Wald.Michael@dol.gov
Phone: 404-562-2076       404-562-2078

Briggs & Stratton Corp. in McDonough, Ga., fined $78,000 by
US Department of Labor's OSHA for violations following worker injury

MCDONOUGH, Ga. - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is proposing $78,000 in penalties against Briggs & Stratton Corp. in McDonough for nine safety and health violations following a worker being injured.

In April, an employee sustained thermal and chemical burns when he stepped off a platform into a tank that contained hot caustic chemicals while repairing a wash line. The company is being cited with one serious safety violation for allowing the platform above the chemical tank to have open sides without a railing or guards.

"If the proper safety precautions had been taken by management, this injury could have been prevented," said Bill Fulcher, director of OSHA's Atlanta-East Area Office. "It is the employer's responsibility to ensure all aspects of OSHA standards are followed."

Briggs & Stratton is also being cited with one willful and six additional serious safety violations, along with one serious health violation. The willful citation with a $55,000 proposed penalty is due to the company exposing employees to danger by failing to develop lockout/tagout procedures to control hazardous energy.

Serious safety violations include exposing employees to amputation hazards by failing to install machine guards; electrical hazards including improper use of electrical equipment, improper electrical connections and making electrical equipment inaccessible for maintenance; unused openings in cabinets, boxes and fittings that were not effectively closed; and material data sheets on hazardous