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Region 4 News Release: 11-1695-ATL (582)
Dec. 12, 2011
Contact: Michael D'Aquino    Michael Wald
Phone: 404-562-2076    404-562-2078
Email: d'aquino.michael@dol.gov     wald.michael@dol.gov

US Department of Labor's OSHA cites Mississippi's Howard Industries
for safety violations at Laurel radiator plant; proposes $59,000 in penalties

JACKSON, Miss. – Howard Industries has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for eight safety violations following an inspection of the company's radiator manufacturing plant on Eastview Drive in Laurel. The inspection was initiated under OSHA's Site-Specific Targeting Program for industries with high occupational injury and illness rates. Proposed penalties total $59,000.

Two repeat violations with $35,000 in fines have been cited for failing to use lockout/tagout devices for the energy sources of equipment to prevent accidental start ups during servicing and permitting employees to operate equipment without an electrical ground. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously has been cited for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years. The company received citations for similar violations at its Laurel plants on Eastview Drive and Pendorf Road in 2007.

Six serious violations with fines of $24,000 have been cited for slip and fall hazards, allowing employees to stand on a wood pallet attached to a forklift without guardrails, failing to provide employees with an apron and face shield when handling chemicals, not conducting a hazard assessment to identify personal protective equipment for workers handling chemicals, permitting employees not to wear face shields while grinding and failing to evaluate the hazards associated with confined spaces. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial pro