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OSHA Cites W.Va. Sawmill $85,000 for Workplace Risks

Occupational Safety & Health Administration, OSHA
Occupational Safety & Health Administration

  A West Virginia sawmill that serves the coal industry is facing an $85,000 in federal penalties for what the government says is a workplace that puts its workers at risk of serious injuries.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Monday the proposed penalties follow two investigations and a safety inspection at Wayne Lumber and Mulch Inc. OSHA says the Wayne mill continues to expose its 14 workers to "willful, repeat and serious safety and health hazards..."

The Associated Press attempted to contact Wayne Lumber by telephone but the call was not picked up.

Federal officials say Wayne Lumber processes logs for material used in coal mines.

OSHA says the mill has 15 business days to correct the alleged violations or contest them.

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