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Region 4 News Release: 12-951-ATL (182)
May 24, 2012
Contact: Michael D'Aquino    Michael Wald
Phone: 404-562-2076    404-562-2078
E-mail: d'aquino.michael@dol.gov    wald.michael@dol.gov

Brunswick, Ga., Rich Products Corp. cited by US Department of Labor's
OSHA for 23 safety violations; proposed penalties more than $80,000

BRUNSWICK, Ga. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Rich Products Corp. for 23 safety violations following an inspection prompted by complaints about the frozen food manufacturing facility in Brunswick. Proposed penalties total $80,385.

The company was cited with 20 serious violations for exposing workers to slipping hazards due to wet floors; fall hazards due to holes in the floor around equipment on elevated platforms; workplace entry and exit hazards due to missing signs; an unsafe ammonia refrigeration system due to incomplete process safety information; and amputation and electrical hazards from not completely guarding process equipment. Additional violations involve a failure to ensure workers were using personal protective equipment, including goggles, face shields and gloves while working with corrosive chemicals; audit the process safety management program; lockout/tagout procedures completely isolated energy sources; post warning signs; and permit partial hindrance to exit routes and protect workers from hot piping and missing guardrails on elevated platforms. 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.

Three other-than-serious violations were also cited with no monetary penalty. They were failing to correctly document the current implemented safeguards; determine the sever