RIPLEY, W.Va.(WSAZ) – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited a Ripley logging company for 18 safety violations.
OSHA cited Best Logging for 14 alleged serious violations, and 4 other-than-serious violations at its Rock Castle work site.
OSHA’s February inspection followed the death of worker who was struck by a tree during logging operations.
OSHA says in a news release that the serious violations were due to the company’s failure to ensure employees wore leg protection, heavy duty cut-resistant boots, and head, eye and face protection while operating a chain saw and performing logging operations; ensure employees were within visual or audible contact with each other at all times; provide first aid kits with all required items on each piece of equipment or at the cutting area; train employees in first aid/CPR; provide training to employees involved in logging operations; consider the location of surrounding trees prior to felling a tree; properly fell and remove a danger tree; fell trees with a sufficient hinge; and maintain fire extinguishers on each machine.
A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.
The other-than-serious violations include failing to develop and implement a written Hazard Communication Program, maintain Material Safety Data Sheets, identify container of diesel fuel with labeling, and provide employees with training on hazardous materials in the work area.
An other-than-serious citation is issued when a violation has a direct relationship to job safety and health, but probably would not cause death or serious physical harm.
Emergency crews say a man working in the area was cutting down trees when one fell on him. The accident was reported about 11 a.m. in the Rock Castle area of Jackson County, W.Va.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene.
His name has not been released.
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