OSHA Fines Landscaping Products Maker

Sims Bark Co. and Sims Stone Co. face possible workplace safety and health fines totaling $576,750 for violations at several of its operations.

OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. (AP) -- A company that makes landscaping products faces possible workplace safety and health fines of $79,100 for 14 violations found at its Olive Branch plant.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Monday also cited Sims Bark Co. and Sims Stone Co. for 128 violations at its operations in Brent and Tuscumbia in Alabama and in Woodbury, Ga.

Proposed penalties total $576,750, which the company can contest.

OSHA cited the company for allowing workers to service, unjam and clean machinery without procedures to ensure that workers won't be caught in or struck by equipment or burned by machines' heat strips. OSHA also claims the company failed to keep workplace injury logs at its plants.

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