AWI e-briefs - 10/07/2010 (Plain Text Version)

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Safety Matters

OSHA Fines Lumber Company Nearly $440,000

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fined Phenix Lumber Company $439,400 "for willfully disregarding safety and health requirements that contributed to the death of one worker and the critical injury of a second at its Phenix City, AL facility."

OSHA reported that the incidents occurred while inspectors were conducting a follow-up safety and health inspection to verify that the company had corrected hazards for which it had previously been cited. Before OSHA could conclude its review, one worker was killed when his head was crushed between a motor being hoisted with a forklift and other equipment. Another worker who was performing maintenance on a sawmill machine that removes bark from logs was seriously injured after he fell approximately 10 feet, breaking his neck.

OSHA issued 53 citations to the company for violations such as allowing a worker to stand under the elevated portion of a forklift and failing to provide guardrails and fall protection. The company also exposed workers to shock and electrocution hazards, possible injury from machines that could be unintentionally activated, and accumulations of ignitable or combustible dust. See the news release for more information.  [Return to top]