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Region 4 News Release: 11-1826-ATL (011)
Jan. 12, 2012
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 Newnan, Ga., manufacturer
for 20 safety and health violations, proposes more than $55,000 in penalties

NEWNAN, Ga. – NuTech Powder Coaters LLC has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration with 20 violations for exposing workers to a variety of safety and health hazards, including combustible dust accumulations, at the company's Newnan facility. Proposed penalties total $55,200.

After receiving a referral that alleged safety hazards, OSHA began an inspection in August. Eighteen serious violations found involve failing to ensure that employees used eye, face and hand protection while working with cleaners and products containing phosphoric acid, calcium carbonate and carbon black; not training workers in the use of proper personal protective equipment; not providing an eyewash/shower unit for workers exposed to corrosive materials; failing to develop and implement a confined space program; not posting permit-required confined space signage on equipment such as dryers, ovens and wash tanks where employees could be exposed to oxygen-deficient atmospheres; allowing powder coating material to accumulate on the floor and equipment due to poor housekeeping; and exposing workers to fall, electrical and other combustible dust hazards. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

Two other-than-serious violations involve failing to develop and implement a written respiratory protection program for employees required