Federal authorities are teaming up with a Hispanic construction organization in Georgia to hold a construction safety and health fair for construction workers and their families. OSHA staff plans to hand out Spanish-language publications and to answer questions about on-the-job safety and health issues Sunday at the Santa Fe Mall in Duluth.
There are four facilities in Georgia that manufacture or mix the same type of fertilizer that exploded last week in a plant in West, Texas. OSHA officials are reviewing whether more needs to be done to keep them safe.
Federal authorities are probing the death of 62-year-old Isiah Scott, who died over the weekend at a chemical plant in Augusta. Scott, of Hephzibah, was found unresponsive atop a railroad tanker car loaded with molten sulfur Saturday.
The U.S. Department of Labor cited a chemical manufacturing company in northwest Georgia for 20 safety violations, and proposes the company pay a $77,000 fine. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Monday that MFG Chemical Inc. exposed workers to fire and explosion hazards, among other safety infractions.
Under a settlement agreement with federal labor officials, Georgia-based carpet manufacturer Mohawk Industries Inc. will increase fire protection at its four carpet pad facilities, including one in Tifton.
Federal officials have cited a Georgia cotton manufacturing plant with multiple safety and health violations. The problems included dangerous levels of combustible dust similar to the kind that triggered the fatal explosion of Imperial Sugar in Savannah three years ago.