The Virginia Occupational Safety and Health Program (VOSH) issued $84,000 in penalties to Georgia Pacific in Big Island for safety violations discovered after a fatal incident in November.

VOSH inspectors determined that the company had removed a nip roll guard from a floor opening. Six days later, a worker servicing a paper machine fell through the unguarded hole into a pulp tank and drowned.

VOSH inspectors issued citations to the company for two serious and one willful violations.