Saw Mill Safety Fines
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 @ 01:03 PM gHale
Princeton, WV-based Kenneth Snider Inc. is facing $59,000 in fines for one willful, 24 serious and two other-than-serious violations, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
OSHA opened an investigation Oct. 21 in response to a complaint alleging a long list of workplace safety and health hazards at the saw mill. The investigation was also conducted under the agency’s national emphasis program for amputations.
While onsite, OSHA inspectors observed employees working within inches of an unguarded saw and cited Kenneth Snider Inc. with a willful violation.
The company also ended up facing a citation for not having a hearing conservation program for employees exposed to noise above the permissible limit over an eight-hour period and failure to provide hearing protection. Other cited hazards include:
• No personal protective equipment worn during the operation of a chainsaw.
• No collection system for the removal of combustible saw dust from the work area
• Electrical hazards.
• The lack of a hazard communication program.
• The lack of an energy control program for employees to use when servicing equipment.
“It only takes a second for a worker to make contact with a machine that isn’t properly guarded and suffer a serious injury that could have been prevented,” said Prentice Cline, director of OSHA’s Charleston Area Office. “When an employer like Kenneth Snider Inc. allows more than 50 workplace safety violations to exist, it is clear the company is disregarding its obligation to provide workers with a safe and healthy work environment. They will be held accountable for their lack of compliance.”