Great Southern Peanut, LLC cited for violations, faces thousands in fines

Leesburg facility cited
Leesburg facility cited
Published: Jan. 8, 2019 at 5:48 PM EST
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LEESBURG, GA (WALB) - A Leesburg peanut processing facility could now be forced pay thousands of dollars in fines after a federal agency cited the business.

Great Southern Peanut, LLC in Leesburg faces fines of more than $300,000 for safety and health violations.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, cited the company in September.

According to the OSHA report WALB recently received, the company was cited for failing to develop and implement procedures for confined space entry, train employees on confined space hazards, reduce compressed air to the required level and meet record keeping requirements.

The OSHA release also states in part that the employer failed to adhere to the terms of a formal agreement to correct workplace hazards from a previous inspection.

The facility’s managing member said the reports and items listed in the report are wrong, but he did not elaborate on why. But one employee who didn’t want to talk on camera said he doesn’t feel safe in the company’s work environment.

The company had 15 business days from the receipt of the citations to comply.

The company was placed in OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

OSHA said they had an informal conference with Great Southern Peanut, LLC, but no settlement was reached.

The managing member said they plan to meet with OSHA on Thursday.

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