A southwestern Georgia peanut producer faces some $110,000 in fines for numerous repeated safety violations.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration conducted an inspection at Great Southern Peanut's Leesburg facility in order to follow up on a series of 2014 citations. Inspectors identified 13 repeated problems, including hazardous accumulations of combustible peanut dust and failure to provide protective guards on platforms and open-sided floors.
The agency also cited the company for four serious violations and four other-than-serious violations. Great Southern Peanut could be placed in OSHA's Severe Violators Enforcement Program, which enables the agency to conduct inspections at "recalcitrant" employers "if it has reasonable grounds to believe there are similar violations."
"Great Southern Peanut continues to ignore its responsibility to protect workers from hazards that could potentially result in serious injury or death,” Kimberly Austin, the acting OSHA area director in Savannah, said in a statement.
The company has 15 days following its receipt of the citations to comply, request a conference with OSHA officials or contest the findings.