CHICAGO Koswire Inc. is
facing $145,530 in potential penalties for 19 alleged safety
violations following the death of a worker at a company
facility in Flowery Branch, Ga.
The Occupational Safety and
Health Administration (OSHA) said it started an inspection of
the South Korea-based steel wire drawer on March 3 after an
employee was killed when he was caught in moving wire and
pulled into rotating rolls.
The agency said proper guards
were not in place to prevent workers from becoming caught in
"This incident was preventable.
Employers cannot allow employees to be exposed to unguarded
equipment and other workplace hazards," Bill Fulcher, director
of OSHAs Atlanta-East area office, said in a
OSHA also alleged that Koswire
had failed to ensure that employees were properly trained,
failed to make sure equipment was in place to prevent workers
from falling, and failed to make sure drums containing
corrosive materials were properly labeled.
Koswire did not respond to an
AMM request for comment.
OSHA said that Koswire has been
placed on its "Severe Violator Enforcement Program," which
mandates follow-up inspection to ensure that safety laws are
The company has 15 business days from the receipt of the
OSHA citations to comply with them, request a conference with
OSHA officials or to contest the citations and proposed
penalties, the agency said.