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Former Emmett sawmill owner paid fines following 2015 loss-of-limb accident

The sawmill in Emmett, shown in this 2013 photo, went bankrupt in 2013 after the equipment cobbled together didn’t work efficiently enough to produce high enough profits.
The sawmill in Emmett, shown in this 2013 photo, went bankrupt in 2013 after the equipment cobbled together didn’t work efficiently enough to produce high enough profits. kgreen@idahostatesman.com

Gem Forest Products paid $10,800 in fines following an accident in July 2015 that left an employee without an arm.

An OSHA investigation resulted in six serious safety violations for failing to prevent the accident. At the time, the mill operations manager told the Statesman that the 24-yar-old male employee put his hand in the head of a moving conveyor for unknown reasons.

The sawmill, which has had a rocky history of closing and reopening, closed in December 2015 before Woodgrain Willwork of Fruitland purchased it the following month. The mill is scheduled to reopen this year.

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