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Worker's death in Ohio logging operation uncovers hazardous conditions

October 25, 2011
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loggingAn OSHA investigation into the death of a worker killed while felling trees at an Ohio job site has resulted in a host of safety and health violations at Campbell Road Sawmill.

The 51-year-old man died when he was struck on the head by a tree while performing logging operations on Aug. 4 in Archbold, Ohio.

Four serious violations relate to the fatality, including failing to provide leg protection and enforcing the use of eye protection, trees being felled in a manner that created a hazard for workers, failing to evaluate hazardous conditions and failing to establish a clear retreat path during logging operations. Three additional violations involved failing to train workers on how to establish and use retreat paths, train workers on how to safely fell trees, and provide CPR and first-aid training.

The Spencerville, Ind.-based company was also cited for failing to report the fatality to OSHA within eight hours and failing to record the incident on the OSHA 300 log.

Proposed fines total $27,500.

"Employers must know the hazards that exist in their industries and follow the relevant OSHA standards," said Kim Nelson, OSHA's area director in Toledo. "This sad incident shows what happens when they do not."

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