Cotton yarn maker Parkdale America LLC faces a fine of $62,337 after being accused of 16 safety and health violations following the death of a worker in September 2010.

The company, based in Lavonia, Georgia, has been cited by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) for failing to ensure rubber feet were installed on the bottom of the mobile ladder from which the worker fell while replacing the drive housing unit on a spinning machine.

Other violations included failing to guard nip points on finishing drawing machines; have an adequate drenching and eye wash station where corrosive materials were being handled; ensure fixed wiring was used instead of flexible cords; use proper chip guarding nozzles; and provide the proper electrical outlet approved for use in damp and wet conditions.

It was also accused of placing other workers in danger by exposing them to unacceptable levels of cotton dust, which has long been recognised as the cause of brown lung in textile workers.

Parkdale America has facilities in South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Alabama, as well as in Mexico and Colombia.