NEW YORK Steel
wire manufacturer Koswire Inc. is facing a $60,805 penalty for
alleged safety violations following a June inspection at the
companys Flowery Branch, Ga., facility.
The U.S. Labor
Departments Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA) issued four serious safety citations for allegedly
failing to ensure workers performing cleaning operations use
lockout/tagout procedures, for not protecting workers from
exposure to electrical hazards and not permitting sufficient
access to an electrical panel, and a repeat citation for
allegedly failing to provide energy control procedures training
to workers performing cleaning operations.
The company paid a $139,950 penalty last year after a
worker died at the same facility when he was caught in moving
wire and pulled into rotating rolls (
amm.com, Aug. 29, 2012). OSHA said at the time
that Koswire had been placed in its severe violator enforcement
program, which mandates follow-up inspections.
"This employer has an
extensive OSHA history, yet continues to expose workers to
lockout/tagout and electrical hazards that could cause serious
injury," said Bill Fulcher, director of OSHAs
Atlanta-area office. "It is imperative that management
immediately eliminate workplace hazards to protect its
Koswire has 15 business days from receipt of the citations to
comply, request a conference with OSHA or contest the citations
and penalties before an independent OSHA commission.
Koswire could not be
reached for comment.