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Region 4 News Release: 10-1395-ATL (592)
Oct. 22, 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

US Labor Department's OSHA cites AP Specialty Metals
in Alpharetta, Ga., for multiple safety violations following employee death

ALPHARETTA, Ga. - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited AP Specialty Metals in Alpharetta for 13 safety violations. OSHA began its investigation following the death of an employee in April who was trapped and crushed in a large machine that polishes heavy gauge steel.

AP Specialty Metals received a willful citation for failing to install machine guards that would prevent employees from being caught up in machinery. OSHA is also issuing a serious violation for failing to develop and implement an energy control program that would protect workers from the unexpected release of energy or start-up of machinery.

"Company management had the experience and knowledge to recognize and correct these hazards before the fatality, but they placed production ahead of worker safety, resulting in this tragedy," said Bill Fulcher, director of OSHA's Atlanta-East Area Office.

OSHA also issued nine other citations for serious violations including fall hazards, lack of training on use of industrial trucks, two incidents of exposing workers to flying debris, exposure to unguarded chains and sprockets, misuse of compressed air for cleaning, using damaged parts on electrical equipment, using flexible cords as a substitute for fixed wiring and dispensing flammable liquid from a drum that was not grounded.

Two other-than-serious citations were issued against the company for failing to post an