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.