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Workplace Safety Violations At Konz Wood Products Co.

Workplace Safety Violations At Konz Wood Products Co.

In December 2023, a tragic incident occurred at the Appleton plant of Konz Wood Products Co., a pallet manufacturer based in Wisconsin. As a result, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has taken stringent measures against the company due to serious workplace safety violations, marking the fifth inspection at the plant since 2016.

Incident Details

The unfortunate incident involved the death of an employee who was crushed by a lumber stacking machine while attempting to free a jammed board. OSHA cited Konz Wood Products Co. for two “repeat violations” and 15 “serious” violations following this employee’s death. The company failed to ensure the machine was locked out to prevent movement, leading to the fatal accident.

OSHA’s Actions

In response to the violations, OSHA has proposed $177,453 in penalties for Konz Wood Products Co. The company has been given 15 business days to contest the citation and proposed penalties. In addition, due to the gravity of the violations, OSHA has placed the company in the agency’s severe violator program.

Violations Identified

The violations identified by OSHA include the failure to provide fall protection and violations related to machine guarding on various saws and other machinery. These violations raise serious concerns about the company’s commitment to ensuring a safe working environment for its employees.

Protect Your Business With A PEO

In light of the tragic incident at Konz Wood Products Co., businesses can take proactive steps to prevent similar accidents by partnering with a professional employer organization (PEO). A PEO like GMS offers comprehensive workplace safety programs that address critical areas such as machine guarding, lockout/tagout procedures, and fall protection. By collaborating with a PEO, companies gain access to expert guidance, safety training, and compliance resources. Implementing robust safety protocols, conducting regular inspections, and fostering a culture of safety can significantly reduce the risk of workplace accidents. Remember, investing in safety today ensures a brighter and accident-free future for employees and the organization as a whole. Contact our safety experts today!

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