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Region 3 News Release: 12-1197-PHI (osha 12-063)
June 15, 2012
Contact: Leni Fortson   Joanna Hawkins
Phone: 215-861-5102   215-861-5101
Email: uddyback-fortson.lenore@dol.gov   hawkins.joanna@dol.gov

US Labor Department's OSHA proposes more than $49,000 in fines to
Augusta, W.Va., lumber manufacturer for noise and safety hazards

AUGUSTA, W.Va. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration 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. 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. 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. The citations carry $11,880 in penalties. 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 violation is failing to have the highest ranking official on-site certify the OSHA 300A injury and illness forms. The citation carries a $660 penalty. An