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OSHA proposes $78,800 in fines against Tallahatchie sawmill

CHARLESTON — €” A Charleston sawmill faces up to $78,800 in fines after a safety inspection found the company wasn’t using safety devices to protect employees.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Tallahatchie Lumber and Mat Co. for 27 safety-rule violations, including one that was classified as willful.

OSHA says sawmill workers were not locking down machines before performing maintenance, meaning they could restart and harm a worker. In its March inspection, OSHA also found that numerous machinery parts did not have protective guards or railings aimed at preventing injuries, and that the company didn’t have well-developed safety procedures.

OSHA spokesman Mike D’Aquino says the company has requested a conference with OSHA. Fines are often reduced in such conferences.

Records show no previous violations for Tallahatchie Lumber and Mat.

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