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Region 4 News Release: 14-307-ATL (36)
Feb. 27, 2014
Contact: Lindsay Williams     Michael D'Aquino
Phone: 404-562-2078     404-562-2076
E-mail: williams.lindsay.l@dol.gov     d'aquino.michael@dol.gov

Nichiha USA Inc. of Georgia cited for safety violations and nearly $140,000 in
proposed penalties by the US Labor Department's OSHA

MACON, Ga. – Nichiha USA Inc. has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for four repeat and three serious safety violations following a September 2013 inspection at the company's manufacturing facility on Avondale Mill Road in Macon. OSHA initiated the inspection in response to a complaint. The proposed penalties total $138,600.

"Nichiha is not taking the necessary steps to protect its workers by ensuring machinery is properly locked out and deenergized before employees perform maintenance and cleaning," said Bill Fulcher, director of OSHA's Atlanta-East Area Office. "Workers are exposed to the risk of serious injury or death just to earn a paycheck. Changes must be made immediately."

The repeat violations, with $117,810 in penalties, include failing to provide workers with training to understand the purpose and function of the energy control program when performing servicing and maintenance on equipment, and not using a group lockout procedure for each worker to prevent equipment startup. Additionally, the employer did not include all confined spaces in its workplace evaluation and failed to utilize a specific written energy control procedure for an area where employees were required to clean debris. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously has been cited for the same or a similar