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OSHA Fines Recycler $159,400 following Amputation

 

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is proposing $159,400 in fines against American Recycling & Manufacturing after a worker lost his left hand in an accident on Dec. 3, 2012.

 

OSHA said inspectors found 18 workplace safety violations at the company's plant in Rochester, N.Y., following the accident. The company makes packaging. OSHA said an employee was cutting wood with a pop-up saw last December when another worker accidentally stepped on the machine's foot pedal, which was unguarded.

 

"This is exactly the type of incident and injury that machine guarding is designed to prevent. Had the foot pedal been properly guarded, this injury would not have occurred," Arthur Dube, OSHA's area director in Buffalo, N.Y., said in the news release.

 

"Compounding this hazard is the fact that the employer was aware and did not correct it."

 

OSHA issued two willful citations alleging American Recycling & Manufacturing failed to provide a guard of the foot pedal and failed to secure the saw to the floor.

 

Inspectors issued 16 citations for serious violations involving failure to provide hazardous energy control, failure to train employees on chemical and wood dust hazards, allowing an exit door to be welded shut and various electrical hazards. OSHA also said the company failed to train workers on the use of powered industrial trucks and failed to guard moving machine parts.

 

American Recycling & Manufacturing Co. has 15 business days to comply with the citations, meet with Dube or appeal the case to the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

 

Source: OSHA

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