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Optima Stantron Corp., a subsidiary of Elma Electronic Inc., is facing $161,020 in fines for exposing employees to amputation, combustible dust, and other safety and health hazards at the Lawrenceville, Georgia, manufacturing facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA cited the company for lack of machine guarding, failing to develop and implement a hazardous energy control program, allowing combustible dust to accumulate on surfaces, and using improper electrical power systems.

Other violations for the designer and manufacturer of electronic cabinets include failing to implement a respiratory protection program, provide refresher training for operators of powered industrial trucks, provide employees with eye, face, and hand protection to prevent exposure to chemicals, and maintain a chemical hazard communication program.

OSHA conducted the inspection in accordance with the National Emphasis Program for Combustible Dust and the Regional Emphasis Program for Powered Industrial Trucks.

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“Employers are responsible for continuously protecting their employees from safety and health hazards,” said OSHA Atlanta-East Area Director William Fulcher. “OSHA offers compliance assistance resources and specialists that can help employers identify and correct hazards in their workplaces.”

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