OSHA cites Spears Mattress plant for safety violations
Agency proposes nearly $46,000 in fines
Gary Evans -- Furniture Today, June 22, 2011
ROME, Ga. — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Englander licensee Spears Mattress here for 14 safety violations and has proposed penalties of $45,850, the federal agency said in a news release.
OSHA said the manufacturer was inspected as part of the agency's focus on industries with higher than average injury rates.
Spears has 15 days to comply with the safety rules, seek a conference with OSHA's area director or contest the findings.
A spokesman for the company was unavailable for comment this morning.
The citations included electrical hazards, lack of protective equipment, improper storage of oxygen and acetylene compressed gas cylinders, walking and storage areas cluttered with flammables and heavy equipment, missing safety guards on equipment, and other infractions.
"Inspectors found violations that could easily result in a serious employee injury or death," said Andre Richards, director of OSHA's Atlanta-West Area Office. "OSHA will not allow employers to risk the safety of workers by exposing them to hazardous conditions in the workplace."
Spears is making a transition to new management led by former Simmons executive Dominick Azevedo, named last month as president and CEO of Advanced Sleep Concepts, the holding company for Spears.