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Koswire facing $145,500 fine by OSHA after worker death

Keywords: Tags  Koswire, OSHA, Bill Fulcher, worker death, safety, fines, citations, steel wire Michael Cowden

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 moving equipment.

"This incident was preventable. Employers cannot allow employees to be exposed to unguarded equipment and other workplace hazards," Bill Fulcher, director of OSHA’s Atlanta-East area office, said in a statement.

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 being obeyed.

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.

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