OSHA Fines Georgia Company $79,300
The federal government's safety agency recently fined a Georgia automotive firm nearly $80,000 after 16 safety and health violations were found atits worksite.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined Tenneco Automotive $79,300 because inspectors found that it exposed workers to chemical hazards, including failure to ensure that harmful hexavalent chronium was not present. It was also fined for not implementing rules regarding respiratory issues and fall hazards. There was also improper record keeping under OSHA rules.
The local agency leadership said employees' health should be a top priority for companies in a number of sectors and that Tenneco needed to make significant changes to adhere to regulations.
"Tenneco needs to take proactive steps to halt these safety and health hazards. OSHA will not tolerate employers
who fail in their duty to keep their workers safe," said William Fulcher, director ofOSHA's Atlanta-East area office.
In October 2001, the same company was fined $90,000 by the agency after similar hazards were discovered at its worksite.
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