OSHA Cites Bibb's Dixon Ticonderoga Center For 23 Violations | News
A Macon based distribution center faces 23 safety and health violations and $64,000 in fines, a federal agency says.
A news release from the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration says Dixon Ticonderoga has 15 days to comply with the federal order, appeal or request a meeting with the agency's area director.
OSHA says it inspected the distribution center recently after getting a complaint. Dixon Ticonderoga was last inspected in 2002, OSHA says.
Among the 16 alleged "serious" violations cited by OSHA:
- Exit routes were inadequately lit and some exit signs were not lit at all;
- Propane containers were stored improperly;
- Materials were not stored safely to prevent sliding or collapse;
- Grinding wheels were not adequately guarded to prevent workers from coming in contact with moving parts;
- Sprockets and chains were not adequately guarded to prevent workers from being struck by or caught up.
- There were several alleged electrical problems, including boxes that lacked covers or had improperly installed covers;
- Conduits and pallets were coated in wood dust that could cause respiratory problems for workers;
- Electrical equipment was used near explosives where the equipment was not rated for the hazardous location;
- The company failed to develop a hearing-testing program for workers exposed to loud sounds;
- Employees were not testing, training or a choice of hearing protectors to guard against hearing loss.
OSHA says a serious violation means the company knew, or should have known, about a hazard that could cause death or serious physical harm.
The Macon center at 723 Joe Tamplin Blvd. in east Bibb County, customizes pencils with designs and logos. Its American headquarters are in Florida.
Company CEO Tim Gomez says the site is not a factory; but they run a screening operation in 5,000 square feet of the 200,000-square-foot distribution center.
He said the problems cited by OSHA have already been resolved: "We acknowledged them and we fixed them."