Georgia trash hauler failed to provide vaccine to employees
Stafford Transport Inc., a solid waste removal trucking company, has been cited by OSHA for five safety and health violations following an inspection at the company's Mableton facility. OSHA initiated the inspection in July 2014 as part of the agency's Site-Specific Targeting Program, which directs enforcement resources to workplaces with higher-than-average rates of injuries and illnesses. Proposed penalties total $43,000.
Two repeat violations were cited for not providing the Hepatitis B vaccine to employees who could potentially be exposed to bloodborne pathogens and for allowing workers to perform maintenance on landfill tippers, loaders and excavators without conducting annual inspections of the written procedures to protect workers from moving machine parts during servicing work. The company received citations for these same violations in 2012.
OSHA cited the employer for one serious violation for failure to train workers to operate a forklift. The citation carries a penalty of $3,000. Other violations include failing to conduct an annual review of the written bloodborne pathogens program and not training employees on the new labeling requirements.
OSHA last inspected Stafford Transport in 2011. The company was issued serious citations for failure to conduct an annual inspection of procedures to protect workers from moving machine parts during service or maintenance and to protect workers from bloodborne pathogen hazards.
According to preliminary data from the department's Bureau of Labor Statistics, fatal work injuries in Georgia accounted for 70 of the 4,405 fatal work injuries reported nationally in 2013. Additional details are available at http://www.bls.gov.