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OSHA cites Mount Meigs manufacturing facility following two injuries

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A dry powder paint manufacturing facility in Mount Meigs has been cited by the Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for 10 safety and health violations following two injuries at the facility within a month of each other.

OSHA's investigation which started in December 2012 was based on a complaint that one worker sustained a broken arm and lacerated the other as a result of unguarded safety equipment at Ozark Materials, LLC.

OSHA labels failing to provide machine guarding for equipment of this type as a willful violation. OSHA states a willful violation is one committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law's requirements, or with plain indifference to worker safety and health.

Eight other serious safety and health violations at the facility involve failing to provide standard railings on stairs, provide a lockout/tagout program, provide workers with a hazard communication program and limit the compressed air line pressures when used for cleaning. Additional violations include exposure to unguarded sprocket wheels and portable grinders and overexposure to dust particles and electrical deficiencies. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

"These injuries could have been prevented if the employer implemented the recommendations of a safety consultant to provide machine guarding for the conveyor rollers on the mixer hoppers," said Joseph Roesler, OSHA's area director in Mobile. "The employer needs to take immediate action to eliminate all hazards from the workplace."

As a result of the investigation, Ozark Materials faces proposed penalties of up to $41,600. The business has 15 days to comply with the OSHA safety regulations or to contest the investigation's findings.

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