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Logger Faces $43K Fine for Safety Citations

Frode Inge Helland
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Federal workplace safety officials are proposing a $42,600 fine for a West Virginia logging company.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the 18 violations against Switchback Timber Inc. in a news release Monday. The issues were found at the Bradley-based company's operations in Dorothy.

The administration says Switchback failed to train employees in first-aid and CPR, an issue it was cited for in 2013.

It says the company failed to provide leg and face protection; ensure workers wore hardhats; ensure bulldozer drivers buckled up; fully enclose bulldozers to prevent driver injuries, and keep workers from having multiple passengers on machines meant for just one person.

Prentice Cline, OSHA's area director in Charleston, said the CPR and first aid requirements are particularly important because of the company's remote worksite.

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