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Logging Company Cited for Worker Safety Violations

Occupational Safety & Health Administration, OSHA


  Federal regulators have cited a logging company for 22 serious worker safety violations.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration says Ray Clearing Inc. of Bickmore also was issued one other-than-serious citations. The citations stem from an inspection by OSHA’s Charleston Area Office at a site in Cabin Creek on Aug. 4.

The agency said Wednesday in a news release that the serious violations included employees without heavy duty logging boots and other proper protection using chainsaws to fell trees.

Other serious violations included permitted employees to ride as passengers on mobile vehicles without a seat belt and assigned seat, exposing them to falls and crushing injuries.

The agency has proposed penalties totaling more than $35,200.

A telephone listing for Ray Clearing could not be found.