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OSHA Fines $576k To Sims Bark For Safety Violations

The U.S Department Of OSHA is proposing $576,750 in penalties against Sims Bark Company for 142 workplace safety and health violations. The agency is proposing around 20 violations and $94,000 in penalties for the company’s plant in Brent with around 59 violations and $260,900 for stone plants in Tuscumbia Ala with 49 violations and $142,350 in penalties for bark and stone plants.

One need to have 14 violations and around $79,100 in penalties for around Olive Branch Miss bark plant. The inspections began after OSHA received a complaint regarding the hazards which might arise into other locations of the two companies.

The willful citations are being issued against the Brent branch bark leading to the stone plant for allowing workers to service the plant and clean the machinery without the procedures which ensure that the workers won’t be caught in stuck by equipment or would get burned by machine’s heat strip. At the Woodbury bark plant, workers who get operated by a machine would lead to an unenclosed belt which was exposed to dangers of being caught in machinery.

OSHA defines a citation which as one which is committed to plain indifference to the intentional disregard for the employee safety and health. The serious citations were being issued against the fall of plants, which included Woodbury stone plant.

The identified hazards involve the lack of employee training, exposure to electric shocks, lack of fall-protection, lack of machine guards, exposure to noise hazards, the dangers and accumulation of combustible dust. This agency is issuing serious violations against all locations for failing to keep the workplace injury logs ahead of OSHA.

The company management have displayed a systemic indifference to the safety and health of their own employees which would result in a dangerous work environment. This company has 15 business days from the receipt of citations to comply an informal conference to contest the citations with proposed penalties before the independent OSHA Commission. This sites were inspected from OSHA staff to West Area Offices.