Exposing workers to workplace hazards can cost a company more than a portion of its income. It can also lead to a damaged reputation. Dyke Industries, a Georgia-based window and door manufacturer, was the subject of an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigation, where it was discovered that the company exposed its workers to fire, explosion, amputation and combustible hazards. Staff Right Inc. and Koosharem LLC, two staffing agencies that provided temporary workers, were also found to have exposed their workers to unguarded machinery.
An OSHA press release reported that Dyke Industries faces 11 serious and one other-than-serious safety violations. Some of these violations include that the company did not provide its workers with safe working conditions with heavy machinery and prevented machines from starting up correctly and injuring workers. The company also did not provide workplace training for fire extinguishers and did not protect its workers from explosion hazards due to combustion.
OSHA reports that if dust is held in the air during the right conditions and concentrations, it can lead to explosions. The two staffing agencies were both issued one serious and one other-than-serious safety violations. Between the three companies, they face proposed penalties of $66,000.
"This employer was taking a wait-and-see approach to safety. Employers must proactively identify and remove workplace hazards — not wait for OSHA to open an inspection or even worse, for a worker to be injured or killed," said Bill Fulcher, director of OSHA's Atlanta-East Area Office. "All workers, including temporary employees, deserve a safe and healthy workplace."
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