OSHA cites Hixson Lumber for death

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- 26 Jan 2023 ( #1112 ) - Little Rock, AR, United States
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A Hixson Lumber worker was killed
A Hixson Lumber worker was killed

A US Department of Labor investigation has determined a Carrollton, Texas lumber supplier and retailer could have prevented the death of an 18-year-old worker who was struck by a forklift at a Rison, Arkansas worksite in July 2022 by following federal safety requirements.

The department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) opened an investigation on 23 July 2022, and determined Hixson Lumber Company LLC allowed the teen to operate a forklift when they were not certified to do so. Inspectors learned that the young worker had dropped the forklift’s key after parking the motorised device. As the worker searched for the key, the forklift rolled and struck the teenager who was assigned to pull and count lumber, unsupervised, at the time of the incident. Investigators determined the forklift’s original parking brake had been removed and replaced with a makeshift brake which failed to hold the machine in place.

Following its investigation, OSHA cited the company for one wilful and four serious violations alleging that Hixson failed to train the teen worker, left keys inside unsecured forklifts, and did not make sure the forklift used by the teenager had a proper parking brake, working horn and backup alarm as required. OSHA has proposed USD218,759 in penalties.

“A family, his friends and co-workers are left to mourn a young man whose life was cut short because his employer failed to follow safety requirements that would have prevented this tragedy,” says OSHA area director Kia McCullough in Little Rock, Arkansas. “Hixson Lumber Company did not meet its legal responsibility to ensure that hazardous equipment was maintained, and that only trained and certified workers are allowed operate forklifts.”

Founded in 1959, the Carrollton-based lumber company has about 750 workers, with 19 sawmills and retail locations in eight states, including Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas.

The company has 15 business days from receipt of citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

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