Dupont Yard Inc. is facing $109,548 in fines after an employee suffered a partial hand amputation and other injuries while working on unguarded machinery in Homerville, Georgia, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Investigators cited the wooden post manufacturer for allowing employees to operate unguarded machinery and failing to have an emergency stop switch on a conveyor, exposing employees to caught-in and amputation hazards.

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The company is facing one serious and two willful violations.

“Employers that fail to incorporate safety in their work operations are placing employees at risk for serious injuries,” said OSHA Savannah Area Office Director Margo Westmoreland. “This employer’s disregard for safety is leaving employees vulnerable to preventable hazards.”

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Dupont Yard’s manufacturing activities include the following: 

• Manufactures posts used primarily in agricultural projects and in highway DOT application. 
• Operates a mulch production facility and bagging plant, using 100 percent virgin pine timber and cypress wood to manufacture its mulch. 
• Operates a pine saw mill and planer mill.  The lumber is kiln dried and graded in accordance with the Timber Product Inspection Bureau, Inc.’s exacting requirements.
• Produces wood chips as a fuel mix derived from the by-product of its post and lumber operation.

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