$150K+ in OSHA Fines Proposed Against WI Repeat Offender

Niagara, WI – Wood Fibers Inc. has been placed on OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program after consistently failing to comply with safety and health standards. OSHA has issued one willful, four repeat, and three serious safety and health violations bwood fibers lockout repeatased on an October 2015 inspection with proposed penalties totaling $152,460. Failure to implement OSHA’s past recommendations has put employees of the Wisconsin wood pellet manufacturer in danger of amputation, burns, and other life-threatening workplace injuries.

OSHA found employees operated machines without effective safeguards from moving parts, and combustible dust hazards in processing equipment and associated dust collection equipment. OSHA also cited a lack of training on procedures to prevent unintentional machine operation during service and maintenance and electrical safety violations, known as lockout/tagout training and procedures..

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