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Koswire faces OSHA penalty for alleged safety violations

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NEW YORK — Steel wire manufacturer Koswire Inc. is facing a $60,805 penalty for alleged safety violations following a June inspection at the company’s Flowery Branch, Ga., facility.

The U.S. Labor Department’s 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 (, 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 OSHA’s Atlanta-area office. "It is imperative that management immediately eliminate workplace hazards to protect its employees."

South Korea-based 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.

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