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Region 4 News Release: 11-1578-ATL (538)
Nov. 14, 2011
Contact: Michael DAquino    Michael Wald
Phone: 404-562-2076    404-562-2078
Email: daquino.michael@dol.gov     wald.michael@dol.gov

Georgia plating company cited by US Department of Labors OSHA for repeat
and serious safety and health violations; more than $77,000 proposed in fines

MAYSVILLE, Ga. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Browning Metal Finishing of Maysville for 16 safety and health violations following an inspection that was initiated after OSHA received a complaint about the company. Proposed penalties total $77,220.

Seven repeat safety and health violations were cited with $52,800 in penalties. The four safety violations include using PVC piping for compressed air throughout the facility, failing to secure or mount electrical outlets properly, failing to guard live electrical parts of equipment and failing to protect circuit breaker openings. Three health violations include failing to provide hot water with the correct pressure for an emergency eyewash station; failing to monitor or sample employees' 8-hour weighted exposure to hexavalent chromium, failing to develop a hazard communication program for employees working with lead and hexavalent chromium, and failing to label the plating tanks with their contents. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously has been cited for the same or similar violation of standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years. The company was cited for the same violations in November 2007.

Seven serious safety and health violations were cited with $24,420 in penalties. Six safety violations involve failing to ensure that latches are installed on an overhead hoist and regularly inspected, provide workers with the required training to operate powered indu