Saturday October 10th, 2015 2:24PM

OSHA proposes fines at facility in Flowery Branch

By Derreck Booth Anchor/reporter
FLOWERY BRANCH - Federal safety regulators have cited a facility in Flowery Branch for alleged safety violations following a June inspection at the operation.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Koswire Inc. following a June inspection of its south Hall County operation. OSHA officials said they initiated the inspection after getting a complaint.

OSHA alleges the operation had one repeat violation and four so called serious safety violations. The agency recommended fines totalling $60,805.

According to OSHA, the repeat violation involved the facility failing to give workers doing cleaning work proper training on energy procedures. The agency said Koswire was cited for a similar violation in 2010.

The four remaining violations include, "the employer failing to ensure workers performing cleaning operations use lockout/tagout procedures, ensure usage of lockout/tagout devices, protect workers from exposure to electrical hazards by not using a metallic box as intended by the manufacturer and permit sufficient access to an electrical panel," according to an OSHA statement.

"This employer has an extensive OSHA history, yet continues to expose workers to lockout/tagout and electrical hazards that could cause serious injury," Bill Fulcher, director of OSHA's Atlanta-East Area Office said.

The steel wire manufacturer has 15 business days from receipt of the citations to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's Atlanta-East area director or contest the citations and penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

At this same time last year, Koswire was fined by OSHA for safety violations. The company was the site of a worker death in March 2012 when an employee became caught in wire and was pulled into a machine.
© Copyright 2015
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Missing Ga. bank director arrested in Brunswick
A bank director accused of losing millions of investors' dollars before vanishing last year was arrested Tuesday during a traffic stop in a city in south Georgia.
7:00PM ( 1 year ago )
S&P 500 index has its best year since 1997
The stock market closed out a record year with more all-time highs on Tuesday, giving U.S. indexes their biggest annual gains in almost two decades.
6:56PM ( 1 year ago )
Colorado readies for 'Green Wednesday' pot sales
Police were adding extra patrols around pot shops in eight Colorado towns that plan to allow recreational sales to anyone over 21 on Jan. 1.
1:52PM ( 1 year ago )
Business News
Sex offender held in Hall County for failing to register
A 47-year-old man was booked into the Hall County Jail Tuesday, being held without bond for allegedly failing to register as a sex offender, his second such arrest.
6:09PM ( 1 year ago )
Pharmacy robberies may involve same suspect
Oakwood Police Tuesday afternoon released details in a pharmacy robbery they're investigating, similar to one that happened in the Hall County Tuesday morning.
5:46PM ( 1 year ago )
Victim critical following apartment fire
A 41-year-old woman was in critical but stable condition Tuesday after being rescued from an apartment fire in Forsyth County late Monday afternoon.
3:16PM ( 1 year ago )
Local/State News
I-985 accident blocks one lane
An accident on Interstate 985 is blocking one lane of the roadway.
1:40PM ( 44 minutes ago )
Govt. surplus auction set next month in Forsyth County
Next month, Forsyth County government will hold a surplus auction to clear out cars, trucks, mowers and other equipment that the county no longer needs.
12:10PM ( 2 hours ago )
Highway 441 re-open after accident
Highway 441 Northbound has been re-opened after both lanes were shut down earlier Saturday because of a head on collision.
11:23AM ( 3 hours ago )
Union Co. FD mourns loss of pilot in Pickens Co. crash
The Union County Fire Department in northeast Georgia said that the pilot who was killed in a plane crash Thursday in Pickens County was a volunteer firefighter who had serve with the department for more than a year and a half.
By AccessWDUN Staff
10:50AM ( 3 hours ago )
SCOGA to hear challenge by college students who are not U.S. citizens; court to meet in Ellijay
A number of college students who are not U.S. citizens are appealing a Georgia Court of Appeals decision that upheld the dismissal of their lawsuit by a Fulton County judge. The students are seeking a decision that they are entitled to in-state tuition at Georgia’s colleges and universities.
10:30AM ( 3 hours ago )