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Region 8 News Release: 11-441-DEN
April 13, 2011
Contact: Rich Kulczewski
Phone: 303-844-1302
E-mail: Kulczewski.Richard@dol.gov

US Department of Labor's OSHA cites RY Timber Inc. in
Livingston, Mont., for exposing workers to combustible dust hazards

BILLINGS, Mont. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited RY Timber Inc. in Livingston with five repeat and four serious violations for exposing workers to combustible dust hazards. The hazards were uncovered during an OSHA inspection opened Dec. 1, 2010. The agency has proposed a total of $79,200 in penalties.

The repeat violations address deficiencies involving unguarded pulleys, chains and sprockets, as well as inadequate housekeeping in areas where combustible dust build-up had exceeded allowable limits. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously has been cited for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years.

The serious violations allege deficiencies in guarding of equipment and unclassified electrical equipment used in areas where combustible dust hazards exist. 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.

"RY Timber failed to provide its employees with a safe and healthful workplace," said Christine A. Webb, OSHA's area director in Billings. "The hazards discovered during this inspection are well-recognized in the industry and must be addressed immediately to avoid preventable injuries or deaths."

More information on combustible dust is available at http://www.osha.gov/dsg/combustibledust/index.html.

The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and proposed penalties