PVC maker Georgia Gulf Corp. has been fined $55,000 by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration for alleged safety and health violations at its plant in Plaquemine, La.
OSHA cited 14 serious violations for exposing workers to multiple safety and health hazards.
An employer's greatest resource is its workers, and exposing them to preventable injuries and illnesses will not be tolerated, Dorinda Folse said in a Jan. 12 news release. Folse is director of OSHA's Baton Rouge office.
Violations listed include failure to illuminate exit routes and failure to train workers performing preventive maintenance on safety-critical instruments.
A spokesman for Atlanta-based Georgia Gulf said his company had seen the citation and would review it before deciding to take action.
We take everything OSHA says very seriously, he said.
The Plaquemine site employs about 600 and produces PVC and related products including chlorine, caustic soda and vinyl chloride monomer.