Koch Foods of Gainesville LLC faces $208,977 in fines for multiple safety and health violations at its poultry processing plant in Gainesville, GA, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA cited Koch with a repeat violation for exposing employees to amputation hazards by failing to provide machine guarding.

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Fourteen serious citations ended up issued for failing to provide fall protection, not identifying which employees were using hazardous energy control locks, and failing to train employees exposed to noise hazards. OSHA also issued two other-than-serious citations to the employer.

The inspection was part of OSHA’s Regional Emphasis Program for Poultry Processing Facilities.

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“This company failed to protect its employees from serious hazards by disregarding important workplace safety requirements,” said OSHA Area Office Director William Fulcher, in Atlanta. “Employers must identify and correct hazards to ensure the safety and health of their employees.”

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