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Region 4 News Release: 12-572-ATL (154)
April 26, 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 Nance Carpet and Rug in Calhoun,
Ga., for exposing employees to amputation and electrical shock hazards

CALHOUN, Ga. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Nance Carpet and Rug Co. Inc. with 10 serious violations for exposing workers to amputation and electrical shock hazards at the company's Calhoun facility. OSHA's inspection, initiated in November 2011 upon receipt of a complaint, was conducted as part of the agency's National Emphasis Program on Amputations and its Local Emphasis Program on Powered Industrial Trucks. Proposed penalties total $53,000.

The violations involve failing to develop and use lockout/tagout procedures to control the energy sources of equipment; remove a forklift with an inoperable horn from service; protect workers from electrocution hazards; and provide guards on blades, cutting heads, sprocket wheels, chains, shafts, belts and pulleys. 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.

"This inspection has identified violations that involve possible amputations by unguarded equipment and electrical shock dangers," said Andre Richards, director of OSHA's Atlanta-West Area Office. "Employers cannot wait for an OSHA inspection to identify hazards that are exposing their employees to serious injuries. It is good business to implement preventive programs and systems that ensure such hazards are identified and corrected as part of day-to-day operations."

Nance Carpet and Rug, which employs a