Plaid is accused of six safety violations at its plant in Decatur, Ga., according to OSHA. The problems were found during an April 2014 inspection.
The staffing provider in this case, Prologistix, does not face citations, according to the agency. It neither maintained supervision nor knew about the hazards.
Plaid received one “willful citation” for worker exposure to amputation hazards and machinery where safety locking devices were bypassed or deliberately disabled, according to OSHA. A willful violation is one committed with “intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law’s requirements, or with plain indifference to worker safety and health.”
OSHA also issued three “serious citations” for not developing written instructions for disabling power from equipment to allow workers to perform maintenance and for not removing forklifts from service that had nonoperational safety equipment, according to OSHA. The employer also put workers at risk from exposed electrical connections and unguarded wiring, according to the agency.
Plaid received two other citations for using space around electrical panels for storage and for exposing workers to unguarded rotating shafts.
“This employer clearly knew safety measures were bypassed and allowed its workers to be exposed to hazards that could cause severe injuries and fatalities,” said Bill Fulcher, director of OSHA’s Atlanta-East area office. “Production demands cannot be an excuse to allow either permanent or temporary workers to be exposed to these types of hazards.”