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Georgia poultry processor faces $142,150 in fines for safety violations

January 18, 2012
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BRASELTON, Ga. — A poultry processor faces a proposed fine of $142,150 for eight safety violations at its plant in Braselton, Ga., according to The U.S. Department of Labor''s Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

OSHA has cited Coleman Natural Foods for three repeat violations with penalties of $121,000 for failing to install machine guards on equipment where employees could come into contact with moving parts, tightly seal electrical enclosures to prevent severe corrosion and provide adequate strain relief on electrical components.

The company was also cited for four serious safety violations with penalties of $21,150 for failing to provide an ammonia detector that would warn of gas dispersal into the air; provide training to workers acting in the capacity of hazardous materials technicians when accessing equipment during emergency releases of ammonia; repair or contain hydraulic fluid leaks that created slippery floor surfaces; and provide machine guards when operating the shaft ends of the conveyor systems.

"OSHA will not tolerate conditions that endanger employee safety. The company has been cited for similar hazards in the past, and there is no excuse for OSHA finding them again during our latest inspection," said William Fulcher, director of the agency''s Atlanta-East area office. "Management must correct these violations before a serious injury occurs to one of KD Acquisition''s workers."

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