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Lumber company draws citation from OSHA after worker's death

oshalogo1FULTON — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Graham Lumber Co. in Fulton for two safety violations following the April death of a worker who got entangled in a conveyor belt.

OSHA says in a news release the worker, employed at the company for less than two weeks, was cleaning up sawdust and bark around an unguarded conveyor when the entanglement occurred.

OSHA says a safety guard, which had been removed, had not been replaced immediately.

OSHA has proposed penalties of $75,610. The company has 15 days to appeal.

Graham Lumber is a subsidiary of Waynesboro, Virginia-based American Hardwood Industries, which operates two other sawmills in Linden and Selmer, Tennessee. The company mills hardwood lumber primarily for the flooring industry.

The company employs 26 workers at the Fulton mill.

 

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