OSHA Finds 27 Hazards at West Virginia Sawmill

Willful violations were issued for failure to properly guard a chop saw and provide standard railing and handrails

OSHA has issued Wayne Lumber and Mulch Inc. of Wayne, West Virginia, three willful, nine repeat, 12 serious and three other-than-serious violations, according to a report.

An inspection discovered willful violations related to failure to properly guard a chop saw and provide standard railing and handrails. Repeat citations were given for a lack of an effective hazard communication plan, exposing employees to electrical hazards, failing to have lockout/tagout procedures, and more.

“By all indications, Wayne Lumber and Mulch failed to take the violations we found in 2014 seriously. The fact that many of these hazards existed again – and the addition of nearly 30 new violations – tells us this employer is willing to jeopardize the safety of its workers. In 2015, an employee suffered a fingertip amputation due to lack of machine guarding. Without taking immediate action to ensure a safe workplace, more workers could be injured or worse,” said Prentice Cline, director of OSHA’s Charleston Area Office.

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