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Lumber, Flooring Maker Fined $218,192 for Fatality

  • State: Alabama
  • Topic: SOUTH
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The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Miller & Co. Inc. for failing to protect employees from struck-by hazards after a worker was fatally injured at the company's factory in Alabama.

The lumber and flooring manufacturer faces $218,192 in penalties for the fatal accident.

The employee was fatally struck by a piece of wood while attempting to clear a jammed machine, OSHA said in a statement. The agency cited Miller & Co. for failing to lock out equipment prior to beginning maintenance, ensure machines were properly guarded and train employees on lockout/tagout procedures.

Miller & Co. had developed an alternative energy control procedure for clearing equipment jams after an employee suffered an amputation in 2018, but the company failed to implement the procedure, according to OSHA.

The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and proposed penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director or contest the findings before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

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