OSHA has cited lumber manufacturer Shingleton Timber & Trucking Inc. for noise and safety hazards at its Augusta facility. OSHA initiated an inspection in January as part of the agency's National Emphasis Program on Amputations and found four repeat, three serious and one other-than-serious violation. Proposed penalties total $49,500.
The repeat violations include failing to establish a valid baseline audiogram, institute a noise training program, conduct annual noise training and obtain an annual audiogram. The citations carry $36,960 in penalties. Similar violations were cited in 2009.
The serious violations include failing to provide a standard railing adjacent to a moving conveyor, provide an energy control program, and implement feasible engineering and administrative controls to reduce noise exposures.
"This company continues to put its workers at risk by not addressing these preventable hazards," said Prentice Cline, OSHA's area director in Charleston.
The other-than-serious violation is failing to have the highest ranking official on-site certify the OSHA 300A injury and illness forms.
Shingleton Timber & Trucking employs 23 workers at its Augusta location.