A June 9 citation issued by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) found that workers at Buchman Lumber, a timber mill in Springbrook, Wis., were exposed to excessive noise and amputation hazards in December 2013. In all, OSHA cited the company on 17 violations and proposed $145,200 in fines.
Of the violations, 13 were serious and ranged from failing to provide adequate machine guarding on shafts, belts, pulleys, saws, conveyors, and drives to hazard and electrical safety violations.
"OSHA's inspection found multiple violations of procedures that protect workers from the serious hazards," said Mark Hysell, OSHA's area director for Eau Claire, Wis.
The remaining four violations were willful, meaning the violations were "intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law's requirement, or with plain indifference to employee safety and health." Those violations detailed how the company failed to implement a hearing conservation program, eye and face protection to workers exposed to wood debris, and lockout procedures to prevent machines from turning on during maintenance and servicing.