Texas Sawmill Receives Citations Related to Worker's Death

After a worker was killed by a broken band saw blade in December, a Texas sawmill has been cited for 17 safety violations.

Following the death of a worker in a Texas sawmill, OSHA investigators found 17 health and safety violations. Nix Forest Industries Inc. in Timpson, Texas, was investigated after a worker died in December when he was stuck by a broken band saw blade.

One of the citations was a willful violation for not using control procedures for hazardous energy when cleaning or maintaining equipment.

"Nix Forest Industries failed to take adequate measures to protect workers from a variety of hazards, including being struck by and caught between machinery and equipment," said Stephen Boyd, OSHA's area director in Dallas, in a statement on the OSHA website. "Following OSHA standards saves lives. This unfortunate loss of life could possibly have been avoided."

The 14 serious safety violations cited listed by OSHA include: "failing to provide easily understood lockout/tagout training for energy control, failing to certify that energy control training was completed and current and failing to ensure that tagout devices were affixed to clearly indicate the operation or movement of the energy isolating device."

A list of all the violations can be view on OSHA's website.

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