Thursday November 26th, 2015 11:35PM

OSHA cites fence manufacturer in Pendergrass

By Derreck Booth Anchor/reporter
PENDERGRASS - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Barrette Outdoor Living in Pendergrass for 14 alleged safety and health violations.

According to a news release from OSHA Thursday, the agency proposed $66,550 in penalties for the fence manufacturer.

OSHA officials said they found 12 serious safety and health violations, ranging from failure to provide machine guarding to failure to provide training on hearing protection.

"This inspection identified a wide range of safety and health hazards that need to be eliminated from the workplace to protect workers from serious injury or death," Bill Fulcher, director of OSHA's Atlanta East Area Office said.

Repeated phone calls to the published phone number for the business for comment resulted in a busy signal.

An inspection of the business in Pendergrass began in August, after OSHA received a complaint.

OSHA officials said the company has 15 business days to comply, request a conference with Fulcher or contest the allegations before the independent OSHA Review Commission.

Violations at Barrette, according to OSHA

Twelve serious safety and health violations include failing to:

-Provide training on the hearing protection standard.

-Require workers handling corrosive chemicals to use personal protective equipment.

-Develop a written hazard communication program for workers in areas with chemicals.

-Develop a noise monitoring program.

-Inspect storage racks to prevent collapse.

-Develop an energy control program for maintaining equipment with multiple energy sources.

-Reduce air hose pressure to less than 30 pounds-per-square-inch for cleaning.

-Provide an emergency eyewash station where corrosive chemicals were being used.

-Develop an educational program for the required use of fire extinguishers.

-Provide machine guarding on several pieces of equipment to prevent amputation hazards.

Two other-than-serious safety and health violations, with no monetary penalty, involve:

-failing to post a copy of the hearing protection standard where hearing protection is required

-to post the load capacity rating above the office being used for storage
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