GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)hascited a Gainesville businesswith 24 safety and health violations.

According to the Department of Labor, World Recycling, Inc. received 24 violations for exposing workers to a variety of hazards, 23 of which, are serious.

Among the violations are failing to createand providea lockout/tagout program to control energy sources of equipment, an eyewash station, a written respiratory protection program, a written hazard communication program and a designated exit door with proper signage.

Additionally, OSHA cited the business for exposing workers to welding fumes above limits, lacking proper equipment to guard grinders, using damaged forklifts, improperly installing an outlet box, having unused openings in their electric panel and not covering the panel.

A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard which the employer should have corrected, according to OSHA.

The serious violations will cost World Recycling, Inc, approximately $74,000.

The company faces an other-than-serious citation for failing to evaluate forklift operators.

As OSHA reports, an other-than-serious violation has a direct relationship for job safety and health, but would probably not cause serious death or physical harm. It does not carry a fine.

World Recycling, Inc. now has 15 business days from receiving the citations and proposed penalties to comply, schedule a conference with OSHA's area director or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

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