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Federal authorities cite Alabama manufacturer for endangering worker safety

Worker on a wall e1530911789805 Federal authorities cite Alabama manufacturer for endangering worker safetyFederal safety regulators cited a Troy, Ala., plastics manufacturer with multiple serious safety violations endangering worker safety after a series of investigations found factory conditions exposed workers to a high risk of amputation, electrocution, falling, and other workplace hazards.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), inspectors cited HB&G Building Products for 19 safety violations, including 15 the agency deemed as serious. Violations included exposing workers to falling hazards; amputation from heavy machinery without safety guards; electrocution from improperly exposed wires; and other dangers posed by the improper storage of fuel and oxygen cylinders, workplace obstructions, and lack of railing on stairways. Proposed fines for the violations amounted to $49,715.

HB&G manufactures plastic and fiberglass porch columns and employs approximately 229 workers, OSHA said. The agency inspected the Troy, Ala., plant as part of its Site-Specific Targeting Program, which identifies companies for safety inspection using data employers submit to OSHA about injuries and illnesses in the workplace.

“This inspection has identified several safety hazards that put workers at risk of amputations from unguarded machinery, electrocution from exposed live wiring and fall hazards,” said Joseph Roesler, OSHA’s area director in Mobile. “HB&G’s management must take action to correct the hazards so it can fulfill their responsibility to protect employees in the workplace.”

On June 30, OSHA announced that it fined Elite Storage Systems of Monroe, Ga., more than $125,000 in penalties for many of the same safety violations. In the case of Elite Storage, however, inadequate equipment safeguards resulted in debilitating finger amputations for two workers in a three-month period.

“Every employer’s highest priority should be protecting the safety and health of their workers,” said Bill Fulcher, director of OSHA’s Atlanta-East Area Office. “It is tragic that employees are left to suffer when a company chooses not to abide by recognized safety standards.”

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Occupational Safety and Health Administration: OSHA finds Alabama plastic manufacturer exposes workers to amputation, fall and electrical hazards
Company cited for 15 serious violations with nearly $50K in proposed penalties

Occupational Safety and Health Administration: Storage system manufacturer’s safety failures cause 2 workers to suffer amputations in 2 incidents in three months
Elite Storage Solutions issued 24 violations, faces $125K in penalties