Ga. peanut company violates settlement, hit with $309K fine
Great Southern Peanut has multiple confined space violations
A Georgia peanut processing facility that failed to live up to its formal settlement with OSHA faces $309,505 in proposed penalties.
The agency says a follow-up inspection it conducted at the Great Southern Peanut LLC Leesburg worksite as part of that agreement found that the company had failed to:
- develop and implement procedures for confined space entry
- train employees on confined space hazards
- reduce compressed air to the required level; and
- meet recordkeeping requirements.
The company was placed in OSHA's Severe Violator Enforcement Program.
"This employer failed to adhere to the terms of a formal agreement to correct workplace hazards identified in a previous inspection, continuing to put employees at risk of serious injury," said OSHA Savannah Area Office Director Margo Westmoreland.