Cost of latest egregious fine: $1.9 million for amputation hazards

by on July 28, 2011 · 0 Comment POSTED IN: Workplace Safety Network

OSHA’s continuing to crack down on egregious violations: That’s good news for safety-conscious companies.

Here’s why: Not only does good safety lower workers-comp costs, but you can tout your safety record when recruiting the best employees (and you can attract them in this job market).

Complaints and injuries
Cautionary example to consider: Phenix Lumber, Phenix City, AL, has been cited 77 times for a variety of problems since 2007.

Despite this record, OSHA received a complaint from a worker about amputation hazards. OSHA opened a case file and started an inspection.

Two months later, OSHA received a second similar complaint that a worker received a partial finger amputation. At the second inspection, the opening conference revealed a third severe injury.

Shortly after the second inspection, OSHA issued 24 willful violations for failing to train workers to avoid amputation and struck-by hazards, and failing to guard machines and implement a lockout program.

The company was fined $1.9 million; some of the citations issued were on a per-instance basis.

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