OSHA fines Fulton company

By Carlie Kollath/NEMS Daily Journal

FULTON – A Fulton sawmill was fined $41,310 after a March accident in which a man was fatally electrocuted.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Tuesday cited Graham Lumber Co. for 15 safety and health violations related to the accident.
Jamie Underwood, 35, of Fulton was electrocuted at the company’s Fulton sawmill while troubleshooting a malfunctioning starter inside a motor power control center. He had two children.
Two serious safety violations related to the fatality include failing to train employees on work safety practices and allowing unqualified employees to work on energized equipment.
Eleven other serious safety violations include failing to have protective shields, barriers or insulating material to protect employees who could come into contact with energized parts; having a damaged electrical cord on a footswitch; not properly grounding a floor fan; failing to adequately protect electrical cables; storing oxygen cylinders less than 20 feet from gas cylinders; failing to separate and store oxygen cylinders away from combustible material; exposing workers to burns and struckby hazards from unsecured acetylene cylinders; failing to take precautions to protect the propane gas system from vehicular damage; and having an unguarded shaft end.
The company also was fined for two “other-than-serious” health violations.
Graham Lumber Co., a subsidiary of Waynesboro, Va.- based American Hardwood Industries, operates two other sawmills in Linden and Selmer, Tenn., and has its corporate office in Linden. The company mills hardwood lumber primarily for the flooring industry.
Clyde Payne, OSHA’s area director in Jackson, said the company has set up a conference.

Other OSHA Fines
The citations come a week after OSHA fined Triple P Farms in Alcorn County $73,500. The investigation and fines came after a Triple P Farms employee had both legs amputated after his foot got caught in a baling machine as he tried to clear cardboard that had jammed in the machine at MTD Products in Verona.
Payne said he has met with Triple P Farms about the fine, but the two parties have not “come to a resolution yet.
“They are a very small company and it’s a significant problem for them to have this kind of penalty,” Payne said.
Payne said he’s waiting on more information from Triple P before determining what will happen.
Earlier this month, OSHA fined Cooper Tire and Rubber Co. and two of its maintenance contractors, including JESCO, for 25 safety violations at the company’s Tupelo plant. Proposed penalties total $254,900. Cooper Tire is contesting the fines.

Contact Carlie Kollath at (662) 678-1598 or carlie.kollath@journalinc.com.

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