Alpharetta Sign Manufacturer Cited for Workplace Hazards

The Bureau Of Labor Statistics estimates that approximately 3.3 million serious work-related injuries and 4,300 fatalities occurred in 2009. A local Alpharetta sign manufacturer was cited by OSHA for 15 safety and health violations after a January 2011 inspection at its shop.

The company was cited with 1 willful violation, 13 serious violations and 1 other-than-serious violation. A Willful violation is one committed with intentional knowing or voluntary disregard for the law’s requirements, or with plain indifference to worker safety and health. Serious violations are where there is a substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known. An other-than-serious violation is one that has a direct relationship to job safety but probably would not cause death or serious physical harm.

Employees were being exposed to a fire hazard by permitting spray painting to be performed near welding operations. Other violations which could have caused injuries to employees included:

• Flammable materials stored near an emergency exit
• Failure to regularly inspect fire extinguishers
• Failing to implement a fire extinguisher training program
• Failing to separate oxygen and acetylene in a production area
• Failing to develop a hazard communication program
• Failing to maintain chemical information sheets for employees for use in the production area
• Permitting use of extension cords with visible defects
• Not marking electrical panels
• Blocking electrical panels and disconnects with stored materials
• Allowing electrical panels with missing breakers

These types of violations are obvious and exposed employees to the risk of explosions, fires and electrocutions. The company which produces vinyl and painted signs was given 15 business days to correct the violations.

Sometimes accidents just happen, but in most cases they can be prevented, especially accidents at work. If you or another family member was involved in a serious work-related injury or died from a work-related injury because of the negligence of the employer, you should consult with an experienced Atlanta personal injury attorney like Andrew Jones .