Georgia Furniture Manufacturer Fined $90,000 for Training Violations

OSHA is proposing $90,000 in fines against Baby's Dream Furniture of Buena Vista, Ga., for allegedly failing to correct a serious workplace violation. The company manufactures wood household furniture.

During an inspection at the plant in May, OSHA found the employer failed to conduct training or evaluations for workers operating propane-propelled forklift trucks in the company's warehouse. This hazard had been identified as a violation during a November 2009 OSHA inspection.

"OSHA will not tolerate or ignore the company's failure to provide a safe workplace for its workers," said Andre Richards, director of OSHA's Atlanta-West Area Office.

The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and proposed penalties to comply, request a conference with OSHA's area director or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

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