VARNEY, WV - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Pineville Lumber Inc. with five failure-to-abate violations for workplace hazards identified during two previous inspections.

Proposed penalties total $189,730. OSHA initiated an inspection on Nov. 3, 2009, after the company failed to provide abatement certification within the required timeframe for violations cited in July 2009. The violations include failing to provide proper training for workers operating powered industrial trucks, properly guard machinery, install required stair railings, remove debris from underneath machinery, properly complete required OSHA injury and illness logs, and provide an adequate hearing preservation program.

"Although Pineville Lumber agreed to correct these violations, the company failed to follow through, leaving its employees exposed to workplace hazards that could result in serious injury or illness," said Jeff Funke, director of OSHA's Charleston Area Office.

Pineville Lumber is a soft and hard wood sawmill with approximately 15 employees.

Read OSHA's release.

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