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Flowery Branch plant fined by OSHA after worker dies

11:33 AM, Aug 27, 2012   |    comments
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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- A steel wire plant in Flowery Branch was cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration after a worker was caught and killed in a piece of machinery.

Koswire Inc. faces 19 violations and a $145,530 penalty connected with the worker's death.

While inspecting the Koswire plant on Mar. 3, OSHA discovered several hazards, including a lack of machine guarding to protect workers from rotating parts on equipment, according to U.S. Department of Labor spokesperson Michael D'Aquino. The worker died when he became caught in moving wire and was pulled into rotating rolls.

"This incident was preventable. Employers cannot allow employees to be exposed to unguarded equipment or other workplace hazards," Bill Fulcher, director of OSHA's Atlanta-East Area Office, said in a statement. "It is imperative that management find and eliminate hazards before another worker is killed or injured."

Other violations found at the Koswire plant included fall hazards and a lack of employee training about some materials with which they worked, D'Aquino said. OSHA placed Koswire in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program and will perform several follow-up inspections to make sure that all of the company's workers are safe.

Koswire has 15 days from receipt of the citations to pay the fine, request a conference with OSHA or contest the violations.

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