OHSA has issued 13 citations and levied $1,939,000 in fines to a Phenix City, Ala., lumber yard for 24 safety violations. The violations include exposing employees to amputation and fall hazards. After workers complained about being exposed to amputation hazards, OSHA inspected the worksite. Two employees had been injured. OSHA then cited the lumber company for additional violations, including failure to properly shut down and lock machines.
Prior to these citations, it was reported that Phenix City Lumber had been cited 77 times by OSHA for serious safety and health violations since 2007. OSHA fined the lumber yard $439,400 in September 2010 following the death of one worker and a critical injury to another. Phenix City Lumber had 15 business days in which to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings.
Source: Associated Press
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