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Fines proposed for plant in Gainesville

ATLANTA --- The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed a $73,275 fine against Fieldale Farms Corp. in Gainesville after an inspection of a poultry processing plant found 22 violations.

The agency said Thursday that the company was being cited for two repeat violations and 18 new violations that were determined to be serious. Two other violations did not carry any monetary penalties.

"To prevent workplace injuries, companies must incorporate good safety practices into their culture and not leave safety to chance," Gei-Thae Breezley, the director of OSHA's Atlanta-East Area Office, said in a statement.

Gus Arrendale, an executive vice president of Fieldale, said the company was already working to correct any known violations.

Burned employee is sent to Augusta center

ALBANY, GA. --- A flash fire at an Albany chemical plant left an employee critically burned.

The blaze occurred at about 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Equinox Chemicals Plant.

A 37-year-old sustained second- and third-degree burns over 60 percent to 70 percent of his body. Authorities said Jason Pate was in critical condition at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Investigators said Mr. Pate was operating a machine when two gasket seals ruptured and ignited a tank filled with acetylene.

In other news

THE LAGRANGE BOARD of trustees voted unanimously Thursday to name Dan McAlexander, an administrator at Belmont University in Tennessee, as leader of LaGrange College.

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