OSHA: Thomaston lumber mill was unsafe

mstucka@macon.comAugust 21, 2013 

A Thomaston lumber mill is accused of 10 safety and health violations that could lead to fines of $46,970.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Keadle Lumber Enterprises Inc. left a 100-gallon tank of diesel leaking and was using a dust-collection system that was an explosion hazard.

The company did not return a telephone call seeking comment Wednesday.

OSHA said in a statement that it inspected the property in April and found workers weren’t trained to recognize the dangers of combustible dust; let shavings, dust and wood chips accumulate in the work area; and didn’t monitor noise levels.

Other violations allegedly include not installing guarding on sprockets, chains and gears; leaving tripping hazards; not warning workers of the dangers of confined space; and not ensuring forklift drivers were wearing seat belts.

The company has 15 business days to comply, appeal or request an informal conference with OSHA.

“Employers need to be proactive in identifying and removing workplace hazards rather than waiting for OSHA inspectors to address them,” Christi Griffin, director of OSHA’s Atlanta-West Area Office, said in a statement.

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