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Region 8 News Release: OSHA 06-585-DEN
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Contact: Rich Kulczewski
Phone: (303) 844-1302

OSHA Cites Fox Lumber Sales Inc. of Laurel, Montana for Safety and Health Violations Following Amputation

LAUREL, Mont. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Fox Lumber Sales Inc. of Laurel, Montana for 25 alleged serious, repeat, and other-than-serious violations following an inspection of the lumber products wholesaler. Proposed penalties total $120,000.

The OSHA inspection, which began Oct. 31, 2005, in response to an amputation that occurred four days earlier, resulted in 11 serious citations with proposed penalties of $33,200 and twelve repeat citations totaling $86,800 in proposed penalties. Fox Lumber has a local workforce of about 55 employees.

"Employers must take necessary precautions to protect employees from workplace hazards," said Ross Yeager, OSHA area office director in Billings. "This significant penalty demonstrates OSHA's commitment to assure compliance with job safety and health standards."

Alleged serious violations addressed hazards associated with lack of emergency lighting, inadequate machine guarding, inadequate training on operating woodworking machinery, inadequate use of personal protective equipment, use of unsafe forklifts, and unguarded belts and pulleys. Serious violations occur when there is probability of death or serious physical harm and the employer knew or should have known of the hazard.

The alleged repeat violations addressed a failure to implement feasible administrative or engineering controls to reduce noise levels, inadequate training on lock-out/tag-out procedures to render machinery inoperable during maintenance and repair, inadequate machine guarding, unsafe electrical hazards, inadequate forklift training, and blocked and unmarked exits. OSHA defines repeat violations as those for which an employer has been previously cited for the same or a substantially similar condition and the citation has become a final order of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Fox Lumber Sales has 15 working days from receipt of the citations to comply with them, request and participate in an informal conference with the OSHA area director, or contest them before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

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