West Virginia saw mill cited for safety, health violations

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PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) – Federal regulators have cited a Princeton saw mill for alleged workplace safety and health violations, including a lack of protective equipment worn during the operation of a chainsaw.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says in a news release that it issued one willful and 24 serious violations against Kenneth Snider Inc. OSHA says it opened an investigation in October in response to a complaint.

OSHA says inspectors saw workers within inches of an unguarded saw. Among other things, the company was cited for allegedly exposing employees to loud noises over long periods and failing to provide hearing protection.

OSHA says it has proposed $59,000 in fines against the company.

A message left at the saw mill wasn’t immediately returned Monday evening.

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