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Region 2 News Release: 11-1086-NEW/BOS 2011-263
July 26, 2011
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: 617-565-2074
Email: fitzgerald.edmund@dol.gov

US Labor Department's OSHA cites Jamesville, NY, lumber mill
for 35 serious safety violations following worker's death

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited B&B Lumber Co. Inc. for 35 alleged serious violations of workplace safety standards following the Feb. 7 death of a worker at the Jamesville sawmill.

The worker, who was changing the blades on an edging saw, was killed when another employee inadvertently started the saw. OSHA's inspection found that the saw's power source had not been locked out, as required by OSHA's hazardous energy control, or "lockout/tagout," standard. That standard mandates that machines be shut down and their power sources locked out before employees perform maintenance.

"This is exactly the type of needless and devastating occurrence that the hazardous energy control standard is designed to prevent," said Christopher Adams, OSHA's area director in Syracuse. "One unintended or unknowing turn of a machine's 'on' switch can end a worker's life in seconds. That's why effective lockout/tagout safeguards must be implemented and maintained at all times."

OSHA's inspection also identified several other unrelated hazardous conditions at the mill encompassing fall, electrical, machine guarding, ladder use and personal protective equipment hazards, as well as inadequate means of egress. Left uncorrected, they expose employees to the hazards of falls, electrocution, lacerations, amputation, being caught in moving machine parts and being unable to exit the workplace swiftly in the event of an emergency. B&B Lumber faces a total of $15