Quail International Inc. is facing $92,115 in fines for 23 safety and health violations at the company’s Greensboro, GA, plant following an inspection, said Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officials.
Quail International processes and distributes quail meat.
OSHA issued citations with $68,715 in penalties for 16 serious safety violations, including exposing workers to “struck-by” and electrical hazards as well as failing to protect workers from hand injuries, determine whether personal needed protective equipment such as eye protection in the de-boning room, create specific steps to ensure processing equipment will not accidentally start up while being cleaned, monthly inspect or annually maintain portable fire extinguishers and make exits in the de-boning room operable.
Citations with $23,400 in penalties for four serious health violations, including an unsanitary restroom, exposing workers to noise levels that exceed OSHA standards, and failing to provide hearing protection and annual audiograms for workers exposed to excessive noise. 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.
There are also citations with no monetary penalties for three other-than-serious safety violations, including using a flexible electrical cord as permanent wiring, stringing electrical wiring through holes in the ceiling and improperly splicing a flexible electrical cord with duct tape in the shipping department. An other-than-serious violation is one that has a direct relationship to job safety and health, but probably would not cause death or serious physical harm.
“Employees have a right to expect a safe and healthy working environment, and OSHA will not allow employers to fail in their duty to protect workers,” said William Fulcher, director of OSHA’s Atlanta-East Area Office.