WASHINGTON, DC -- Linden Lumber, a sawmill located in Linden, AL, was cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for two repeated and seven serious safety and health violations. The company faces a fine of more than $43,000.
OSHA opened the investigation, which fell under the agency's National Emphasis Program on Amputations, after learning of a worker being hospitalized in an unrelated incident.
Linden Lumber was issued repeated citations for exposing workers to falls and unguarded belts, pulleys and other woodworking machinery, and was previously cited for similar violations at the same facility in February.
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Serious citations were also issued to the lumber mill 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. Also, the employer exposed workers to falls and multiple electric shock hazards, OSHA said.
The sawmill, which began operations in the 1960s, mills red oak, white oak, white ash and yellow poplar lumber for a host of industries including providing kiln-dried products for cabinet makers, window and door manufacturers, residential flooring manufacturers and residential moulding manufacturers.
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