An OSHA investigation has determined that Anthony Timberlands Inc., a timberland and sawmill facility in Arkansas, exposed its workers to unnecessary hazards. The investigation began after the death of a worker earlier this year. The 39-year-old employee was cleaning around and beneath an automated lumber stacking machine when the hoist table fell on them. OSHA determined that the lumber stacking system did not have any barrier devices to prevent employees from entering the area beneath the stacker hoist. The company received four serious violations, including failing to provide LOTO procedures and failing to place guards beneath the stacking system. Anthony Timberlands faces $218,759 in penalties. The company has a history of safety violations and injuries. In 2022, an unguarded sharp chain caused the death of an employee, and in 2020, an unguarded chipper feeder severed the thumb of a worker.
In a recent quote, OSHA Area Director Kia McCullough said, “This is not the first time an employee of Anthony Timberlands Inc. has died due the company’s failure to follow established safety requirements for working near automated machinery. This company’s continued disregard for the safety and well-being of its employees is inexcusable and must stop. Ensuring workers’ safety is not optional, it’s the law.”