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OSHA recommending $87K fine against MFG in Dalton for worker fatality

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The federal government has cited MFG Chemical after an over-pressurized reactor released poisonous chemicals that injured one worker and killed the other in Dalton according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). 

OSHA tells Channel 3, the worker died after hazardous chemical vapors released from an over-pressurized reactor burned his respiratory system. 

A second employee was treated at a hospital and released. OSHA has proposed penalties totaling $87,780. 

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MFG Chemical manufactures specialty chemicals for the water treatment, agriculture and paper industries. The company was cited in July 2014 by OSHA for 17 health and safety violations after the agency was alerted that the plant had released other chemicals at that time. 

"MFG continues to violate OSHA standards, exposing workers to serious hazards associated with process safety management. Allowing repeated violations demonstrates the company's lack of commitment to worker safety and health," said Christi Griffin, director of OSHA's Atlanta-West Area Office.

According to OSHA, MFG was cited for "failure to ensure that the reactor system alarm provided early warning for worker evacuation; not training workers on the hazards of permit-required confined spaces and failure to ensure equipment used for manufacturing had an adequate pressure-relief design." 

In 2013, 70 workers in Georgia were killed on the job out of 4,405 fatal work injuries reported nationally, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

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