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Countertop Factory Cited for Silica Dust, Amputation Hazards

Aug. 9, 2019, 9:19 PM

A Georgia countertop manufacturer faces federal citations after allegedly failing to protect workers from silica dust and amputation hazards.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Atlanta Kitchen LLC, based in Decatur, Ga., for 14 serious violations and proposed fines of $132,604, the federal agency said in an Aug. 9 press release.

Half of the citations related to silica dust that’s generated when workers dry polish and buff granite countertops. OSHA said the company was exposing workers to high levels of breathable silica dust without requiring proper use of respirator masks, routinely monitoring dust levels, training employees on the health...

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