Linden Lumber, an Alabama lumber mill, faces fines totaling $43,116 for continually exposing workers to potentially deadly workplace safety hazards that could cause amputations, falls and other injuries. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Linden Lumber on Oct. 13 for two repeated and seven serious safety and health violations. OSHA said that workers were exposed to falls and unguarded belts, pulleys and machinery. Joseph Roesler, director of OSHA’s Mobile Area Office, said:
It’s disappointing when employers that have been previously cited for safety violations continue to expose workers to those same hazards. Situations like this show that worker safety has not been made a priority. This company claims to have a safety management system in place, yet these hazards continue to exist. They must be corrected immediately.
OSHA opened the inspection after learning of a worker being hospitalized for a broken leg when an overloaded piece of machinery shot out a piece of lumber. This inspection that occurred in May fell under OSHA’s National Emphasis Program on Amputations.
Linden Lumber was previously cited for similar violations at this facility in February. OSHA says the company allowed employees to walk in a partially unguarded platform exposing employees to a more than 10-foot fall hazard. The lumber mill also didn’t enforce the use of eye protection and employees were exposed to wood dust and flying particles. Serious citations were also issued to Linden Lumber for failing to provide safety procedures to prevent machinery from starting up during maintenance and servicing; not providing protective eyewear to workers; and improper storage of compressed gas cylinders. Additionally, the employer exposed workers to falls and multiple electric shock hazards. Linden Lumber had 15 business days to dispute the claims.
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