OSHA Cites Ga. Firm for Safety Hazards

December 6, 2004

The U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Evaco Superline Trailers, Griffin, Ga., for allegedly exposing employees to serious health and safety hazards at the company’s Aerodrome Way facility.

“Employers are responsible for job safety and health,” said Andre Richards, OSHA’s Atlanta-West area director. “Evaco Superline Trailers is facing $71,100 in proposed penalties for putting their workers at risk.”

OSHA issued 33 serious safety and health citations to the company with proposed penalties totaling $62,700. Alleged violations include using defective chain slings and hoisting loads over employees; failing to properly guard machine parts; failing to clean, disinfect and properly store employee respirators; improper storage of flammable liquids; operating defective forklifts; and numerous electrical hazards throughout the plant.

The company also received two repeat citations, with proposed penalties totaling $8,400, for using flammable material in the spray finishing area. The agency issues a repeat citation when an employer has been cited previously for a substantially similar conditions and the citation has become a final order of the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Evaco Superline Trailers, which manufactures specialty trailers, has 15 working days to contest the OSHA citations and proposed penalties before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

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