OSHA Fines Lumber Firm $106K for Combustible Dust Hazards

October 4, 2018

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OSHA Fines Lumber Firm $106K for Combustible Dust Hazards
A DuBell Lumber facility in Medford, NJ. Image courtesy of Google Maps

A lumber company was issued with a $106,432 fine from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) after the agency uncovered combustible dust hazards and other safety issues at its Medford, NJ facility. 

OSHA cited DuBell Lumber Company for failing to control combustible dust generated by wood processing activities and provide training on controlling the release of hazardous energy. Agency investigators also determined the company did not employ lockout/tagout procedures and lacked machine guards to protect workers from amputation risks. 

After receiving the citations, the company has 15 days to pay the penalty, challenge the agency’s findings before an independent board, or request an informal conference with an OSHA area director. 

DuBell Lumber produces wood building materials, including cabinetry, moulding, and stairs and operates from seven facilities in New Jersey, according to information on the firm’s website.

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