Saturday, April 12, 2008

Sawmill Worker Dies in a Debarker

News reports reveal that a sawmill worker died April 10th in an accident at an Oregon sawmill which is owned by Interfor.

According to reports, this worker, James French was clearing wood debris from the debarker machine when he was crushed by a 2,000-pound roller. French died before he could be airlifted to a hospital. French was 45 years old.

Reports state that the local county sheriff's detectives and the Oregon Occupational Safety Health Administration are investigating. Previously, the OSHA levied a $2,500 fine against this mill in Gilchrist, Oregon after a log truck driver was killed in 2004.

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