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OSHA CITES UNION POINT, GA. HOSIERY MANUFACTURER, PROPOSES $52,750 IN PENALITIES FOR ALLEGED SAFETY VIOLATIONS

 OSHA CITES UNION POINT, GA. HOSIERY MANUFACTURER,
 PROPOSES $52,750 IN PENALITIES FOR ALLEGED SAFETY VIOLATIONS
 ATLANTA, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed penalties totalling $52,750 against Chipman-Union, Inc., Union Point, Ga., for alleged safety and health violations.
 According to Ray Finney, the area director in OSHA's Atlanta-East area office, an inspection of the sock and hosiery plant began Sept. 26, 1991 following an employee complaint which alleged, among other things, that exit doors were locked.
 As a result of the inspection, OSHA proposed a $31,500 penalty for one alleged willful violation concerning locked exit doors in the company's finished product warehouse.
 An additional penalty of $20,350 was proposed for 11 alleged serious safety and health citations, many of which concerned fire hazards. Among these were several violations involving exit access and safety, failure to develop and implement a written emergency action plan, and lack of procedures and training for fire brigade members.
 The remaining $900 penalty was proposed for recordkeeping violations.
 OSHA defines a willful violation as one committed with an intentional disregard of, or plain indifference to, the requirements of the OSH Act and regulations.
 A serious violation is one in which there is a substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result and that the employer knew or should have known of the hazard.
 Employers may contest OSHA citations and proposed penalties within 15 days after receipt of a citation. Contested cases are heard before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
 Inspections of the company worksite were conducted by OSHA's Atlanta-East office located at LaVista Perimeter Office Park, Building 7, Suite 110, Tucker, Ga. 30084, telephone 404-493-6644.
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 /CONTACT: Ray Finney, area director of the United States Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 404-493-6644/ CO: United States Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health
 Administration; Chipman-Union, Inc. ST: Georgia IN: TEX SU:


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