L&L Lumber Co. Inc. is facing $45,780 in fines for 26 safety and health violations following an inspection at a work site in Huntsville, AL, according to a report from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
OSHA initiated the October 2013 inspection of the company’s facility after receiving a complaint concerning hazardous working conditions. The company makes lumber pallets and railings, and employs 60 workers.
“It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure all workers are protected, and this company failed to do that,” said Ramona Morris, OSHA’s area director in Birmingham. “This employer has put its workers at risk of serious injury or death by exposing them to unguarded machinery, excessive noise and electrical shock.”
Of the 26 violations cited, 15 were serious safety and health violations because the employer failed to guard dangerous equipment, which created amputation, laceration and struck-by hazards. The company also subjected its workers to noise in excess of the established limits. Additionally, the employer failed to outline the steps to control hazardous energy; used an industrial truck that had an inoperable backup alarm and brake lights; and failed to cover electrical box openings.
A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.
OSHA also cited the company for 11 other-than-serious citations, including the employer’s failure to provide training and information to workers exposed to wood dust, diesel fuel and lubricants.
An other-than-serious violation is one that has a direct relationship to job safety and health, but probably would not cause death or serious physical harm.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, preliminary data from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries shows fatal work injuries in Alabama accounted for 81 of the 4,383 fatal work injuries reported in 2012.