Following up on in a recent article in which it reported that OSHA is cracking down on businesses with workplace violations, the Atlanta Business Chronicle now reports that OSHA recently fined Crespac, Inc. $266,400 and issued 34 safety and health violations following two workplace accidents that resulted in amputations.
Director of OSHA's Atlanta-East Area Office, Gei-Thae Breezley, stated:
"In both instances, management knew of deficiencies but acted with plain indifference by failing to correct the problems in a timely manner that could have prevented these amputations."
OSHA cited Crespac for failing to ensure that all machines had proper safety guards and functioning emergency-stop cords. OSHA also cited Crespac for repeat violations related to having slippery and wet floors, allowing employees to operate machines with broken parts, failing to properly train forklift operators, and failing to provide proper fire and training equipment.
In addition, OSHA found that Crespac failed to conduct timely inspections of certain equipment, and that there were deficiencies in its record-keeping of OSHA-incident logs.
Crespac -- which is located in Tucker, Georgia -- designs, develops, and makes custom thermoformed parts and packaging.