Sawmill Fatality Reveals Numerous OSHA Violations

St. Joseph, MO – Following a fatal workplace accident at a Missouri sawmill, OSHA has issued $199,183 in fines for 14 serious and two repeat safety violations at American Walnut Co.

The fatal workplace accident occurred on March 12 of 2018 when American Walnut employee Joshua Hill (38) came into contact with operating equipment. Hill reportedly fell into the chute of a grinder and was killed. OSHA found that Hill was not attached to a tether line when he fell 10 feet into the grinder chute.

Following the sawmill fatality, federal workplace safety investigators identified 14 serious and two repeat safety violations at American Walnut Co. including failure to evaluate job hazards, control hazardous energy, and ensure adequate machine guarding. Additionally, workers were found to have been exposed to hazards associated with falls, ladders, and electrical safety.

Noise hazards observed at American Walnut prompted a separate investigation. OSHA inspectors documented that American Walnut employees were exposed to hazards associated with noise, combustible dust, and chemicals within the St. Joseph (MO) facility.

OSHA’s Kansas City Area Office Director stated tsawmill fatalityhat “Employers must continually evaluate job hazards and ensure safety guards are in use to protect workers from known hazards in their facilities.”

The safety of American workers is always our driving motivation at Martin Technical. Anyone with questions about federal safety standards and/or workplace safety hazards should contact a member of our Industrial Safety Team. Martin Technical is a leading provider of practical safety services that make industrial plants and facilities better, safer, and more efficient. Our experts apply real-world solutions to create effective safety and health programs across this country and beyond.

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IL Electronic Supplier Fined for Respiratory and Electrical Hazards

Elk Grove Village, IL – Bigston Corporation is facing OSHA fines nearing $45,000 for exposing workers to various respiratory and electrical hazards. During an inspection in March, OSHA found that Bigston failed to test its full-face respirators and to train workers on how to wear them.electrical hazard

Bigston Corporation supplies, repairs, and assembles consumer electronics products. They were cited for 13 safety and health violations, including 11 that OSHA described as “serious” because the hazard could cause an accident or illness that would most likely result in death or serious physical harm.

OSHA inspectors observed workers with facial hair wearing respirators and workers wearing respirators over their hooded uniforms. Both scenarios prevent the respirators from sealing properly and therefore expose workers to harmful dust. The company also failed to ensure electrical equipment was safe and exposed workers to concentrations of chemicals higher than allowed limits.

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