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Duct maker faces $822,000 in OSHA safety fines

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said on Tuesday that a Montgomeryville, Pennsylvania-based duct manufacturer faces $822,000 in fines for workplace safety violations.

OSHA said that the fines against Lloyd Industries Inc. were the result of an inspection conducted in the wake of a July 2014 accident, when the die on a press brake machine dropped on a worker’s right hand, resulting in the amputation of three fingers. During the inspection, OSHA issued 10 willful violations based on the company’s repeated failure to guard machines, and to provide annual audiometric tests. The company was also cited for three willful, four serious, and seven other-than-serious violations for electrical hazards, noise protection, and recordkeeping violations, OSHA said.

OSHA said the fines bring the company’s total to more than $1 million since 2000. There have also been 40 serious injuries at the company since 2000, OSHA said in a statement.

“William Lloyd and Lloyd Industries are serial violators of OSHA safety standards, and their workers have paid the price,” Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels said in a statement. “No employer is above the law. For 15 years, they have repeatedly put their employees at risk of serious injuries. This must stop now.”

The company has 15 business days from receipt of its 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, OSHA said.

A company spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.