OAKWOOD - In response to a proposed fine and safety citations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the manager of a plastics manufacturing facility in Oakwood issued a statement Wednesday, saying, "safety is a number one priority."
Mark A. Preston is General Manager for the Primex Plastics Corporation facility on Old Oakwood Road.
"It is our desire to provide a safe working environment for our employees at all of our facilities," Preston said.
OSHA Atlanta East Area officials Monday said they were proposing $141,100 in penalties for 22 alleged safety violations at the facility.
Two of the violations centered around two work-related finger amputations earlier this year.
Preston said the company doing everything possible to ensure the safety and well-being its employees.
"This includes not only improvements to machine safety and processes, but also continued education and training for employees to encourage them to follow the required safety procedures in place and avoid injuries."
Earlier this week, OSHA officials said the company has 15 business days to comply, request a conference with an OSHA area director or contest the findings before the the agency's review commission.
"Primex Plastics Corporation will continue to cooperate and work with both OSHA and outside resources to provide a workplace free of recognized hazards for our employees," Preston added.
Primex, a subsidiary of ICC Industries Inc., is headquartered in Richmond, Indiana, and has facilities in Georgia, New Jersey, Wisconsin and Nevada. The company employs more than 1100 people, according to OSHA.