Quail International Fined by OSHA
Georgia-based Quail International was recently fined nearly $100,000 by the federal government’s safety agency after a worker complained about unsafe conditions.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined the company a total of $92,115 because a January inspection revealed 23 safety and health violations. The violations discovered included exposing workers to electrical hazards, failing to properly implement personal protective equipment, not maintaining fire extinguishers, an unsanitary restroom and a number of other issues.
The local OSHA leadership said that the lack of safety oversight was troubling and that more needed to be done to make sure that workers were kept out of harm’s way on a dailybasis.
"Employees have a right to expect a safe and healthy working environment, and OSHA will not allow employers to fail in their duty to protect workers," said William Fulcher, director of OSHA's Atlanta-East area office.
A complaint from an employee recently led to a New Jersey-based firm being fined as well. Earlier this month, Earth Friendly Products was fined $124,000 by OSHA for violations including failing to have a lockout/tagout program and other issues.
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