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OSHA violations upheld against employer after worker’s fingers amputated

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An administrative law judge of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission upheld citations against a Pennsylvania manufacturer after a worker’s three fingers were amputated when a machine without safety guards crushed his hand.

A U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspection at Montgomeryville, Pennsylvania-based Lloyd Industries Inc.’s facility resulted in the issuance of several citations alleging willful, serious and other-than-serious violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, according to commission documents. Lloyd Industries manufacturers access doors, fire and smoke dampers, and HVAC products.

The administrative law judge upheld the OSHA citations after finding that the company failed to guard the machine’s points of operation.

OSHA proposed total penalties of $822,000. The commission has adopted the administrative law judge’s decision as a final order as of July 19.

Lloyd Industries Inc. and its attorneys could not be immediately reached for comment.