OSHA Fines Pallet Maker $188K for Wood Dust Hazards

March 27, 2019

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OSHA Fines Pallet Maker $188K for Wood Dust Hazards
OSHA cited this Avid Pallet Services facility in Wisconsin for wood dust hazards. Image courtesy of Google Maps

A Wisconsin pallet manufacturer was ordered to pay fines totaling $188,302 by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) after the agency inspectors uncovered wood dust hazards at the firm’s Beloit, WI facility.

Avid Pallet Services LLC was cited for failing to implement sufficient engineering controls to limit dust exposure and provide training to workers at the site on health hazards linked to wood dust. The company faced similar citations in 2016. A recent follow up inspection also revealed Avid Pallet failed to evaluate respiratory hazards, medically evaluate and fit test workers using respirators, inform workers that they have a right to see exposure records, and lacked adequate machine guarding on band saws. 

“Employers are legally required to ensure that exposures to dust are properly evaluated and managed to protect employees from potential health hazards,” OSHA’s Madison Area Office Director Chad Greenwood said in an agency press release issued Tuesday to announce the citations. 

The company has 15 business days after receiving the citations to comply, challenge the findings before an independent board, or request an informal conference with an OSHA area director.

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