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Region 8 News Release: 05-OSHA
Thursday, February 4, 1999
Contact: Rich Kulczewski, (303) 844-1302
OSHA FINES STIMSON LUMBER COMPANY $130,500 FOLLOWING INVESTIGATION OF A FATALITY AT LIBBY PLANT
Stimson Lumber Company, Libby, Montana, was cited Wednesday for three repeat, 10 serious and three other than serious violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act and issued proposed penalties totaling $130,500.
David DiTommaso, OSHA area director in Billings, said the citations were issued following an inspection which began August 10, 1998 after an accident on a plywood veneer stacking machine took the life of a Stimson employee.
"This tragic accident could have been avoided by adherence to safe working practices and compliance with OSHA's machine guarding and lockout standards," said DiTommaso. "It's up to each employer to make sure they are meeting the requirements of these and other OSHA standards."
DiTommaso can be reached at (406) 247-7494.
The repeat violations allege that Stimson:
Failed to provide standard railings adjacent to or above dangerous equipment.($25,000)
Failed to use lockout or tagout devices when servicing or maintaining equipment. ($35,000)
Failed to provide machine guarding for dangerous equipment. ($25,000)
ISSUED AT: 1999 Broadway, Suite 1640, Denver, Colo. 80202-5716
The serious violations allege Stimson:
Failed to provide guardrails on open sided floors or platforms. ($5,000)
Failed to develop, document or utilize procedures for hazardous energy control. ($7,000)
Failed to conduct annual inspections of the energy control procedures. ($7,000)
Failed to provide adequate energy control program training. ($7,000)
Failed to guard rotating parts. ($5,000)
Failed to properly guard abrasive grinding machinery. ($1,500)
Failed to properly adjust the tongue guard of abrasive grinding machinery. ($1,500)
Failed to properly guard horizontal shafting. ($5,000)
Failed to properly guard sprocket wheels and chains. ($5,000)
Failed to reduce excessive noise levels by engineering or administrative controls. ($1,500)
The other than serious violations allege Stimson:
Failed to post floor loading requirements. (No penalty)
Failed to securely anchor machinery. (No penalty)
Failed to cover electrical outlet boxes. (No penalty)
Repeat violations are those committed where a substantially similar violation was previously issued to the company.
Serious violations are those committed where there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result, and the employer knew or should have known of the hazards.
Stimson has 15 working days from receipt of the citations to request an informal conference with the OSHA area director, or to contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
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