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Wisconsin wood flooring plant fails safety inspection, risks workers.

US Department of Labor Finds Wisconsin Wood Flooring Manufacturer Exposing Workers to Hazards

OSHA Cites Repeat Offender for Violations

Recently, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) conducted an inspection at WD Flooring LLC, a hardwood flooring manufacturer in Laona, Wisconsin. The inspection revealed that the company continues to disregard federal safety and health regulations, putting workers at risk of multiple hazards at its mill.

Violations and Penalties

OSHA cited WD Flooring LLC for a total of 38 violations, including four repeat, 28 serious, and six other-than-serious violations. The proposed penalty for these violations amounts to $269,662. Some of the key violations found by OSHA include:

  • Failure to use lockout/tagout procedures
  • Inadequate guarding to protect workers from machine parts
  • Lack of fall hazard protection
  • Unsafe forklift operation
  • Inadequate personal protective equipment
  • Failure to implement a hearing conservation program
  • Lack of training on chemical hazards

Implementing Safety Measures

Employers in the manufacturing industry must prioritize safety to protect their workers from potential hazards. Here are some practical tips for implementing safety measures in the workplace:

  • Ensure all workers are trained in lockout/tagout procedures
  • Install adequate guarding on machines to prevent contact with moving parts
  • Provide fall protection equipment for workers at risk of falls
  • Maintain forklifts in good working condition and train operators on safe operation
  • Supply appropriate personal protective equipment for all workers
  • Implement a comprehensive hearing conservation program, including training and protective gear
  • Educate employees on the hazards associated with chemicals used in the workplace

By following these safety measures, employers can create a culture of safety that protects workers and prevents injuries on the job.

Next Steps

WD Flooring LLC has 15 business days to comply with the citations and penalties, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

For more information on OSHA and the National Emphasis Program for amputation hazards, visit the OSHA website.

Reference: US Department of Labor finds Wisconsin wood flooring manufacturer continues to expose workers to multiple hazards at plant

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