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Region 4 News Release: 12-671-ATL (146)
April 19, 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 metal fabricator in Atmore, Ala.,
for 11 safety and health violations; proposes nearly $68,000 in penalties

ATMORE, Ala. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Escofab Inc. for 11 safety and health - including one willful - violations at the company's metal fabrication shop in Atmore. OSHA opened an inspection in October 2011 under the agency's Site-Specific Targeting Program, which directs enforcement resources to workplaces with higher-than-average rates of injuries and illnesses. Proposed penalties total $67,970.

The willful safety violation, which carries a $35,000 penalty, is failing to correct overhead gantry crane deficiencies. Escofab had the cranes inspected by a private consultant in 2008 and 2011 but failed to correct problems identified, including electrical hazards, and missing and broken parts. A willful violation is one committed with intentional knowing or voluntary disregard for the law's requirements, or with plain indifference to worker safety and health.

Nine serious safety and health violations, with penalties of $32,970, include failing to conduct a load test on a gantry crane and on an underhung crane to ensure that operators were not exposed to falling loads, protect workers from exposure to electrical hazards while conducting machinery maintenance, protect workers from hazards associated with rotating machinery parts and fan blades, properly adjust a table grinder posing an amputation hazard, mark containers of hazardous chemicals and effectively train employees regarding potential chemical hazards. A serious violation occurs when there is