Oct. 14, 2015
Alabama lumber mill continues to expose workers to amputations, falls and
other deadly workplace safety hazards
OSHA cites Linden Lumber for repeated safety violations, proposes more than $43K in fines
Employer name: Linden Lumber LLC
Inspection site: 23741 U.S. Highway 43, Linden, Alabama 36748
Citations issued: Citations were issued on Oct. 13, 2015.
Investigation findings: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Linden Lumber for two repeated and seven serious safety and health violations. The agency opened the inspection after learning of a worker being hospitalized in an unrelated incident. This inspection fell under OSHA's National Emphasis Program on Amputations*.
Serious citations were also issued to the employer for failing to provide safety procedures to prevent machinery from starting up during maintenance and servicing; not providing protective eyewear to workers; and improper storage of compressed gas cylinders. Additionally, the employer exposed workers to falls and multiple electric shock hazards.
Proposed penalties total $43,116.
Quote: "It's disappointing when employers that have been previously cited for safety violations continue to expose workers to those same hazards. Situations like this show that worker safety has not been made a priority," said Joseph Roesler, director of OSHA's Mobile Area Office. "This company claims to have a safety management system in place, yet these hazards continue to exist. They must be corrected immediately."
The citations can be viewed at:
Linden Lumber has 15 business days from receipt of citations and proposed penalties to comply, request a conference with OSHA's area director or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. To ask questions, obtain compliance assistance, file a complaint or report workplace hospitalizations, fatalities or situations posing imminent danger to workers, the public should call OSHA's toll-free hotline at 800-321-OSHA (6742) or the agency's Mobile Area Office at 251-441-6131.
Release Number: 15-1961-ATL (339)
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