OSHA cites Gwinnett company for ‘amputation hazard,’ other violations

A Gwinnett County electronics company has been fined $161,020 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for violations including unsecured tools that posed a risk of amputation, a report from the agency says.

Elma Electronic, in Lawrenceville, was notified of the violations last week. OSHA conducted the inspections related to the violations in February and March. More than 65 people work at the facility.

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Safety risks listed in the report include workers not looking both ways before crossing a forklift pathway, oxygen cylinders being kept near combustible materials and tools like band saws being unsecured; those tools could potentially pose a risk of amputation to workers, the report says. The company also did not sufficiently train workers to use fire extinguishers, didn’t properly label potentially dangerous electrical equipment and had dangerous cords disconnected from devices, the OSHA report says. 

Elma recently moved to a new facility in Lawrenceville, and the citations are related to the former facility, which they no longer occupy, company president Shan Morgan says. Some of the citations may be resolved simply by the move to the new facility, which has renovations and upgrades the former building did not, Morgan said. Those that have not already been resolved will be fixed after Elma officials meet with OSHA representatives on Monday, Morgan said.

“We are 100% committed to a safe work environment for our employees,” Morgan said. “So if there are things that need to be fixed we are committed to fixing them.”

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