Columbia Forest Products fined for safety violations

The largest hardwood, plywood and hardwood veneer manufacturer in North America, North Carolina-based Columbia Forest Products, has been cited for 15 violations in workplace safety standards by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.  Investigations into the company began after an employee died in a tragic manufacturing wrongful death accident last March.

Thomas Bray was performing maintenance on a machine at Columbia Forest Products when the machine activated.  Bray was caught in the machine’s moving parts and died as a result of the accident.  OSHA fined Columbia with the maximum penalty for one violation of $70,000 for the accident.

In addition, OSHA cited Columbia for 14 other violations including defective forklifts, electrical hazards and a lack of eye flushing stations.  Total fines for all 15 violations came out to $119,500.