Lacking Safeguards, Lumber Firm Fined

Friday, December 30, 2016 @ 01:12 PM gHale

Multiple woodworking machines at a Marathon, WI-based lumber company lacked adequate safeguards and workers were not properly trained in isolating energy to machines to prevent contact with operating parts during set-up, servicing and maintenance, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

As a result, OSHA fined Menzner Lumber and Supply $260,113 after its investigation of a June 29 injury where a 24-year-old worker suffered the partial amputation of his right middle finger.

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OSHA investigators identified three repeated and seven serious safety violations.

“Despite earlier machine-related injuries, OSHA found several machines at the company lacked adequate safeguards to prevent workers from coming in contact with operating parts,” said Robert Bonack, OSHA’s area director in Appleton, WI. “Menzner Lumber & Supply should immediately re-evaluate its safety and health programs and ensure their workers are properly trained.”

OSHA also found electrical safety violations, lack of guarding on ladder wells to prevent falls, and inadequate energy control procedures at the facility.

In previous investigations, OSHA learned that a machine severed a 25-year-old employee’s left middle finger on April 2, 2015, and a 34-year-old worker lost the tip of his right thumb on Jan. 12, 2015, when each came in contact with machine operating parts.

The Marathon company manufacturers hardwoods, veneers, moldings and other wood products and operates facilities in four states.

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