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Dupont Yard Inc. is facing $179,388 in fines for 14 violations, including eight repeat citations at its Homerville, GA, facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Dupont Yard manufactures posts for agricultural projects, highway construction and produces timber and wood chips. OSHA initiated the investigation October 21 after receiving a complaint about safety hazards.

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OSHA issued 14 citations, including eight repeated violations, to the employer for not keeping the floors and walkways free of debris, exposing workers to falls due to missing guardrails, as well as shock and burn hazards from uncovered wiring in junction boxes and electrical panels, and not providing workers with forklift training. Additionally, the employer received citations for not training employees to operate fire extinguishers and exposing workers to unguarded machine parts while the machines were in operation. 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.

Since 2010, Dupont has received 47 citations for safety hazards at its Homerville facility. The company is in OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program, which mandates targeted follow-up inspections to ensure compliance with the law. Under the program, OSHA may inspect any of the employer’s facilities or job sites.

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“Every day, Dupont Yard employees are being put at risk of serious injury, including amputations, burns or blindness, and in some cases even death,” said Robert Vazzi, director of OSHA’s Savannah Area Office. “Management’s continual disregard for safety standards is endangering workers, and as long as this is happening, OSHA will hold employers’ accountable for providing a safe and healthful workplace.”

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