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Region 4 News Release: 14-691-ATL (98)
May 12, 2014
Contact: Michael D'Aquino     Lindsay Williams
Phone: 404-562-2076     404-562-2078
E-mail: d'aquino.michael@dol.gov     williams.lindsay.l@dol.gov

Truck parts manufacturer cited for serious safety violations following
inspection by US Department of Labor's OSHA; $64,400 in fines proposed

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – Blue Ridge Manufacturing LLC was cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for 20 serious safety and health violations for exposing workers to safety hazards following an inspection at the company's truck body manufacturing facility in Blue Ridge. The agency initiated the March 2014 inspection because of a complaint. Penalties total $64,400.

"Employees working at this company are facing hazards, such as unguarded equipment, missing safety equipment and unsafe noise levels," said Bill Fulcher, director of OSHA's Atlanta-East Area Office. "These hazards put workers at risk of serious injury or death and must be addressed immediately."

With $63,700 in penalties, the serious safety violations include the employer's failure to provide lockout/tagout training to protect workers from dangerous machinery during equipment maintenance and servicing and failure to train workers required to operate powered industrial trucks. The company failed to inspect the crane used to pick up steel parts and to ensure exits were unlocked and clearly marked. Additionally, workers were exposed to struck-by and caught-in hazards from unguarded equipment, electrical shock and burn hazards, and dust levels that were six times greater than the established limit. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard