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OSHA penalties could hit Georgia Gulf

Staff reports

Penalties as much as $55,000 could hit Georgia Gulf Chemicals and Vinyls LLC, located near Plaquemine after the U.S. Dept. of Occupational Safety and Health Adm. (OSHA) cited the company for over a dozen serious violations.

The federal workplace safety regulators have cited Georgia Gulf after an investigation was opened back in July.

Violations such as non-qualified workers doing preventive maintenance on critical safety instrumentation in the shipping area of the plant, improper maintenance of eyewash areas, and improper illumination of exit routes. It was reported that Georgia Gulf will contest the citations and proposed penalties within a compliance period. An administrative judge will preside over a law case to determine the merits of the OSHA citations.

A company spokesperson said Georgia Gulf, which is headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., is cooperating fully with OSHA to resolve all safety issues.

GeorgiaGulfspecializes in the production of vinyl chloride monomer, vinyl resins, polyvinyl chloride, phenol, acetone, chlorine, and caustic soda. The plant was originally owned by Georgia Pacific and has been operating over 35 years along Hwy 405 South, between Plaquemine and White Castle.