The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a West Virginia logging company for exposing workers to safety hazards. According to OSHA, the company was cited for 22 serious and one other-than-serious violation. The company has been fined more than $35K by OSHA.
Inspectors issued citations due to:
-employees using chainsaws to fell 12-inch diameter trees without the proper protection
-lack of head protection for employees working in woods, where there is a potential for being struck by falling limbs.
Other serious violations according to OSHA include, employees exposed to falls and crushing injuries when permitted to ride as passengers on mobile vehicles without an assigned seat and seat belt, and a chainsaw that was operated with a broken chain catch which exposed employees to a struck-by hazard involving a broken or dislodged chain.
OSHA announced the proposed fines of $35,200 last week, following an inspection conducted by OSHA’s Charleston Area Office on Aug. 4, 2015.