Avid Pallet Services LLC is facing $188,302 in fines after a follow-up inspection found employees continued to be exposed to wood dust, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
The company faces penalties for repeated, serious, and other-than-serious safety and health violations.
Inspectors determined the Beloit, Wisconsin, pallet manufacturer failed to implement sufficient engineering controls to limit dust exposure, as well as train employees on the health hazards of wood dust.
OSHA had previously cited the company for these hazards in 2016. Additional citations were issued after the follow-up inspection for failing to evaluate respiratory hazards, medically evaluate and fit test employees using respirators, inform employees of their right to see exposure records, and use adequate machine guarding on band saws.
“Employers are legally required to ensure that exposures to dust are properly evaluated and managed to protect employees from potential health hazards,” said OSHA’s Madison Area Office Director Chad Greenwood.