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K.W. McAvoy & Son Inc. is facing $45,500 in fines for 12 serious safety and health violations including amputation and lock out/tag out violations at its Washington, GA, facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

After receiving a complaint, OSHA investigators visited the facility November 5. K.W. McAvoy provides wood reprocessing and supplies for surveying and construction.

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OSHA issued 12 serious citations to the employer for not having a program to ensure machinery could not accidentally start up during maintenance and servicing; exposing workers to amputation hazards due to unprotected rotating conveyor parts; allowing employees to use compressed air for cleaning in excess of 30 pounds per square inch; failing to ensure forklift operators were trained and used seat belts; allowing excessive amounts of sawdust to accumulate causing fire and explosion hazards, and several instances of failing to protect employees from contact with hazardous equipment.

Two other violations include the employer’s failure to ensure electrical boxes remained covered and not using permanent fixed wiring. 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.

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“Employers cannot wait for an injury, illness or OSHA inspection to begin protecting employees from workplace hazards,” said William Fulcher director of OSHA’s Atlanta-East Area Office. “There is plenty of free help available to employers who need to improve their workplaces and prevent workers’ injuries or illnesses.”

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