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Region 4 News Release: 12-1407-ATL (273)
July 24, 2012
Contact: Michael D'Aquino      Michael Wald
Phone: 404-562-2076      404-562-2078
Email: d'aquino.michael@dol.gov      wald.michael@dol.gov

Pyongsan America cited by US Labor Departments OSHA
for repeat and serious workplace safety hazards at Auburn, Ala., facility

AUBURN, Ala. – The U.S. Department of Labors Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Pyongsan America Inc. with six safety violations at its Auburn manufacturing facility. OSHAs inspection, initiated in March upon receipt of a complaint alleging hazards, was conducted as part of the agencys National Emphasis Program on Amputations and its Local Emphasis Program on Powered Industrial Trucks. Proposed penalties total $43,560.

Two repeat violations involve failing to secure compressed gas cylinders and guard the points of operation on the crimper and bending machines. The citations carry $23,760 in penalties. 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. Similar violations were cited in 2011.

Four serious violations involve failing to conduct periodic inspections of the energy control procedures, provide training for employees on the lockout/tagout of energy sources, secure racks that are used for storing materials and repair electrical deficiencies. The citations carry $19,800 in penalties. 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 company continues to put its workers at risk by failing to implement safety measures that would prevent serious injuries and possible death,