Injured worker expected to recover, says company official

A worker who was injured when a bale of material fell on him at Dalton's Columbia Recycling is expected to make a full recovery, according to company President Phillip Goldberg.

Goldberg said the man suffered a broken leg but declined to comment further.

According to Whitfield County 911, a call came in at 11:21 a.m. Thursday reporting that a bale of material "weighing up to 1,000 pounds" had fallen on a worker at Columbia Recycling's facility at 1001 Chattanooga Ave. Fire and emergency medical services personnel responded and the worker was taken for treatment.

The company has had a history of workplace safety issues.

In November 2016, Columbia Recycling agreed to pay the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) a settlement payment of $250,000 after the agency fined the company more than $300,000.

OSHA cited Columbia Recycling's facility at 2410 S. Dixie Highway in October 2016 for five repeated, three serious and one other-than-serious safety and health violations.

The Chattanooga Avenue facility has been the site of numerous fires, with firefighters responding in 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2012. The 2007 fire resulted in one death and two injuries and a $41,400 fine from OSHA, which cited Columbia Recycling for 11 serious safety violations.

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