OSHA Cites Franklin Lumber for ComDust

By Rich Christianson | Posted: 02/18/2012 1:15PM


JACKSON, MS – Franklin Lumber Co. of Bude, MS, which has been cited for 22 violations, including combustible dust, by the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration.

Franklin was cited by for several violations by OSHA in 2008 as part of a fatality related inspection. The citations carry penalties totaling $103,356.

The inspection of Franklin's operations was initiated by OSHA as part of its national emphasis program to reduce employees' exposure to combustible dust hazards.

In addition to the alleged excess accumulations of combustible dust, Franklin Lumber was cited for 15 other serious violations including management's failure to provide guardrails around equipment; remove defective industrial trucks from service; and provide proper machine guards.

The company also was cited for four repeat violations related to the 2008 inpsection, including failing to cover live electrical parts, use permanent wiring instead of flexible cords, properly label hazardous chemicals and provide machine guards for pulleys.

Franklin Lumber is a division of Cortez Byrd LP. of Brookhaven, MS.


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Rich Christianson

Rich Christianson is Associate Publisher and Editor at Large of Woodworking Network. During his 25+ years covering the wood products industry, Rich has toured hundreds of manufacturing plants throughout North America, Europe and Asia. His reporting has covered everything from the state of the industry and impact of wood imports to technology and environmental issues. In his current capacity he is responsible for editing the daily Woodworking Network Update newsletter and coordinating events including the annual Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo and Canada’s biennial Woodworking Machinery & Supply Expo. He can be contacted at rchristianson@woodworkingnetwork.com or follow him on Google+.

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