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Stucco company fined $78K by OSHA
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Stucco company fined $78K by OSHA

POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. -- A Powder Springs-based company has been fined $78,000 for exposing workers to fall hazards, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

This is the third time Escape Stucco and Stone has been fined by OSHA; previous incidents were reported and investigated in January 2011 and December 2010.

About $70,000 of the proposed fine involved workers using a scaffolding system that was not well supported while working on a chimney at a building on South Cobb Drive in Smyrna.

The remaining $8,000 revolved around the company's reported lack of a written hazard communication program for employees who were using strong chemicals, as well as additional scaffolding issues.

"The size of these penalties demonstrates the gravity and recurring nature of these hazards, any one of which could have resulted in death or disabling injuries for these workers," said Andre C. Richards, director of OSHA's Atlanta-West Area office. "In the last two years, this employer has been cited for similar hazards, and that is totally unacceptable. It's time for this employer to make safety and health a priority at all of its job sites before someone is killed."

Escape Stucco and Stone has 15 days to pay the fine, request a conference with Richards or fight the charges.

For more information about workplace hazards, visit www.osha.gov.

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