The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is proposing 41 safety and health violations against Birdsong Corporation’s facilities in Sylvester and Blakely, Ga.
“Our inspections, and a worker fatality at the Blakely plant, show the need for management to get serious about the safety and health of its employees,” said Robert Vazzi, OSHA’s area director in Savannah.
OSHA began an inspection of Birdsong’s Sylvester plant in June 2009. Compliance officers found 21 serious safety violations and one other-than-serious safety violation, including lack of machine guards, fall hazards, electrical hazards, a lack of emergency lighting and unmarked exit doors. In July 2009, a separate inspection was opened to address possible noise hazards at the plant, resulting in three serious and one other-than-serious health violations.