By: Laura-Jane Hatcher (WRGA News)
In response to violations found by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Mohawk Industries has agreed to beef up their fire safety in their factories across the nation.
Mohawk, which is based out of Calhoun, was first cited with several fire safety violations at a Johnstown, Ohio factory in June 2011. In the investigation, OSHA found four serious dangers, involving dust, unguarded floors and electrical problems; and two lesser violations involving inadequate hazard communications.
The U.S. Department of Labor and the carpet manufacturer reached a settlement Thursday, with Mohawk agreeing to rectify the issues found at the Ohio facility and solicit the services of a licensed professional fire protection engineer for all their factories. The company will also develop new procedures to better deal with the polymer foam dust, and regularly schedule inspections of the facilities’ fire suppression sprinkler system. Employees will also be subject to training on emergency evacuation in case of fire.
Mohawk Industries employs 25,000 workers, with factories located in Connecticut, Texas, Ohio, and Georgia.
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