WASHINGTON, DC – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) for 51 alleged serious safety violations, 77 repeat violations and 16 other-than-serious violations at 10 locations throughout the Salmon-Challis National Forest and involving ranger districts in Salmon, Challis, North Fork, Mackay and Leadore, ID.
OSHA’s inspection found serious violations involving fall hazards, emergency egress design and maintenance, machine guarding, storage of compressed gas cylinders, liquefied petroleum gas, and flammable liquids and electrical hazards. Additionally, OSHA cited the supervisor’s office for deficiencies in its agency-required safety and health program. A serious citation is issued when death or serious physical harm is likely to result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.
OSHA previously cited the USFS for violations at other sites in Idaho, including restricted exit access, lack of machine guarding, fire extinguisher maintenance and electrical hazards. OSHA issues repeat citations when an employer previously has been cited for similar hazards and those citations have become final.
Have something to say? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.