Dyke Industries Inc., a millwork company that manufactures windows and distributes interior and exterior doors, has been hit with 12 citations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for violations at its plant in Norcross, Ga. Eleven of the citations are serious.
Additionally, Select Staffing and Staff Right Inc., staffing agencies that supplied Dyke Industries with temporary workers, were each issued one serious and one other-than-serious citation for exposing workers to unguarded machinery.
OSHA investigators found that the employer failed to provide safe conditions and procedures to prevent machinery from starting up and injuring workers during maintenance and servicing, failed to train workers to use fire extinguishers, and exposed workers to fire and explosion hazards from the accumulation of combustible dust.
“This employer was taking a wait-and-see approach to safety,” says Bill Fulcher, director of OSHA’s Atlanta-East Area Office. “Employers must proactively identify and remove workplace hazards, not wait for OSHA to open an inspection or even worse, for a worker to be injured or killed. All workers, including temporary employees, deserve a safe and healthy workplace.”