Ga. plant to contest OSHA penalties

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WASHINGTON, Ga. — An east Georgia horse bedding manufacturing company says it will dispute the violations and $41,700 in penalties levied by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration last week.

OSHA cited Callaway Farms Manufacturing in Wilkes County for 20 serious violations after investigating an injury where an employee slipped and fell into a machines.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports that Andy Bowers, general manager and CEO at Callaway Farms, says the worker climbed into a machine and was violating company guidelines.

OSHA spokesman Michael Wald said workers at the plant, which grinds logs into shavings, operated machines without guards and were not required to wear protective footwear.

Bowers says the worker climbed over two safety barriers and tried to unjam the shaver.

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JerryAtrick
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JerryAtrick 11/26/09 - 09:18 am
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Darwin Award nominee.

Darwin Award nominee.

disssman
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disssman 11/26/09 - 04:41 pm
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I understand they had not

I understand they had not lock0out procedures and safety barriers wern't in existance. They were also in violation of not providing safety steel toed boots which would have saved this guys feet. I'll bet the owners didn't have funds for safety equipment but their wives are drinving the most expensive lexus on the road. What it sounds like is that they have a lot of jams and production quantities to make, so the workers routinely left the machines running and fixed the jams in order to meet their shift quotas. This happens quite often when you don't have a voice, like a union, to stand up for worker safety.

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