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Gainesville pipe fabricator assessed $49K in fines
US Pipe Fabrication plant in Gainesville on Industrial Boulevard was assessed penalties by OSHA due to safety violations.

A Gainesville pipe fabricator faces a penalty of $49,375 from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration after multiple citations.

U.S. Pipe Fabrication LLC on Industrial Boulevard was issued citations by OSHA on June 6 for “three repeated and three serious violations.”

Calls for comment to the Gainesville office and the corporate office were not returned.

“The company met with OSHA on Friday for an informal conference and the case was settled with no violations changed and a final penalty of $49,375,” Michael D’Aquino of OSHA wrote in an email.

The investigation started after a previous inspection in April 2015.

The serious citations included “exposing workers to unguarded saw blades,” “not instructing workers on the hazards of fighting fires” and “not ensuring workers followed energy-control procedures to prevent unexpected machine start-ups.”

“When workplace hazards are found, they must be corrected and not be allowed to reoccur,” said William Fulcher, OSHA’s area director in the Atlanta office in a news release. “The management of U.S. Pipe cannot wait for OSHA inspectors to identify hazards; they must be proactive in identifying and removing hazards.”  

According to an OSHA news release, one of the repeated citations included “exposing workers to unguarded machine parts and equipment.”

U.S. Pipe employs 23 workers at the Gainesville facility and produces metal pipes and fittings, according to OSHA.

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