SUPERIOR, MT -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited two separate wood product companies in Superior for exposing workers to a variety of safety and health hazards.

Eureka Pellet Mill's proposed fines total $58,500 and Mountain West Products LLC's proposed fines total $42,500.

"The workers were not protected from a potential dust explosion hazard that can happen when dust accumulates and safety regulations are ignored," said Greg Baxter, OSHA's regional administrator in Denver, CO. "It is imperative that employers take the necessary steps to eliminate these types of hazards from the workplace."

OSHA cited the Eureka Pellet Mill with 21 alleged serious safety citations including failing to ensure that moving parts on equipment were adequately guarded, exposing workers to fall hazards, improper electrical wiring, poor housekeeping and blocked emergency doors. Health citations are for exposing workers to combustible dust, failing to implement a respiratory protection program and failing to clean airborne contaminants in a way that doesn't release them into the atmosphere to create an explosive hazard.

Mountain West Products was cited for two alleged repeat violations including exposing workers to a fall hazard and failing to ensure that moving parts on equipment were adequately guarded. 

Read the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's press release. 

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