Showing posts with label osha. Show all posts
Showing posts with label osha. Show all posts

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Workers Memorial Day – April 28, 2016

Workers' Memorial Day will be observed in Georgia and across the nation on April 28, 2016.

It is a day to honor those workers who have died on the job, to acknowledge the grievous suffering experienced by families and communities, and to recommit ourselves to the fight for safe and healthful workplaces for all workers. It is also the day OSHA was established in 1971. Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their workers. 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. (From the OSHA web site)

In Georgia, the unions of the AFL-CIO observe Workers' Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew the fight for safe jobs. The AFL-CIO has declared that "this year, workers will come together to call for work in this country that is safe, healthy, and pays fair wages."

On Workers’ Memorial Day, April 28, workers in all International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts (IATSE) local unions have been asked to pause and offer a moment of silence at 1 pm EDT / 10 am PDT on behalf of those in the entertainment industry and all workers who have paid the ultimate price in order to support themselves and their families.

A nationwide listing of events for April 28, 2016 can be found on the AFL-CIO web site. A listing of events scheduled for Workers’ Memorial Week (April 23 – 30, 2016) can be found on the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health web site.

Materials and posters to aid in the observance of Workers' Memorial Day may be downloaded here or ordered online here. 

Monday, August 31, 2015

Company in Atlanta fined almost $120,000 for indifference to the safety of temporary workers

OSHA has issued 2 repeat, 2 serious, and 1 other-than-serious violation to American Air Filter Co. Inc., doing business as AAF International after conducting an inspection at their facility at 2624 Weaver Way, Atlanta, Georgia 30340.

American Air Filter employs temporary workers from two staffing agencies: JTJ Staffing Inc., doing business as True Staffing; and JEZ Staffing Inc., doing business as Microtech Staffing. OSHA did not issue citations to the staffing agencies.

An inspection found that the company failed to provide proper machine guarding to protect employees from amputation hazards and did not follow procedures to prevent machinery from starting up unexpectedly during maintenance and servicing.

“This is the second significant enforcement action we’ve conducted at AAF International in the last six months,” said Bill Fulcher, director of OSHA’s Atlanta-East Area Office. “We found the same type of hazards during a recent inspection in a different area at the same plant.”

“Management continues to allow workers to clean equipment without following safety procedures and without guards being properly installed. This company needs to address all workplace hazards, not just the ones for which penalties have been proposed.”

On Aug. 21, OSHA proposed fines of $119,900 against the company. American Air Filter Co. Inc. is currently in OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program for demonstrating indifference to its OSH Act obligations to provide a safe and healthful workplace for employees.



The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and proposed penalties to comply, request a conference with OSHA’s area director or contest the findings before the Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Atlanta Journal-Constitution a danger to workers? OSHA says Yes!

The U.S Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration says that The Atlanta Journal-Constitution needs to change conditions that threaten the safety of its workers. 

OSHA says the serious violations involve failing to develop and utilize procedures to prevent machinery from starting up during maintenance and servicing and exposing workers to live electrical wiring. The newspaper company was previously cited for a similar violation in 2011.

“A lack of safety mechanisms continues to be one of the most frequently cited violations and that is unacceptable,” said William Fulcher, OSHA’s director of the Atlanta-East Area Office. “Management needs to take immediate action to remove these hazards from the workplace.”

Cox Enterprises Inc. (doing business as The Atlanta Journal-Constitution) was cited for 1 repeat and 5 serious safety violations. OSHA is proposing penalties of $65,550 in addition to requiring the company to correct the violations.

The proposed penalties follow an inspection of their plant located at 6455 Best Friend Road, Norcross, Georgia 30071. The citations did not indicate that any deaths or injuries were caused by the violations found during the inspection.

Cox Enterprises prints, processes and distributes The Atlanta Journal Constitution.

The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and proposed penalties to comply, request a conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.