U.S. Department of Labor Cites Southeast Georgia Manufacturer After Employee Amputation
HOMERVILLE, GA – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Dupont Yard Inc. after an employee suffered a partial hand amputation and other injuries while working on unguarded machinery in Homerville, Georgia. The wooden post manufacturer faces $109,548 in proposed penalties.
OSHA cited the company for allowing employees to operate unguarded machinery and failing to have an emergency stop switch on a conveyor, exposing employees to caught-in and amputation hazards.
"Employers that fail to incorporate safety in their work operations are placing employees at risk for serious injuries," said OSHA Savannah Area Office Director Margo Westmoreland. "This employer's disregard for safety is leaving employees vulnerable to preventable hazards."
The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and proposed penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education, and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.