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OSHA tags metal stamping company for worker hand injury

Posted On: Nov. 24, 2015 12:00 AM CST

Federal regulators have proposed total penalties of $103,600 against an Ohio metal stamping company after an employee lost three fingers in a workplace incident.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Akron, Ohio-based Ohio Gasket & Shim Co. for one willful and 12 serious safety violations after the company reported that the 33-year-old worker lost three fingers when his hand was struck by the operating parts of a mechanical power press in June, according to a press release issued by the agency on Monday.

OSHA found the power press did not have the required safety guards, which exposed the worker to operating parts of the machine when he switched from two-hand to foot controls, according to the press release.

The agency also found the company failed to test and inspect machine safety procedures on a periodic basis, use locking devices and blocks to prevent unintentional operation of machines during service and maintenance, install presence-sensing devices on power presses and properly supervise machine use, according to the release.

“This worker suffered a life-altering injury because his employer failed in its responsibility to install required safety mechanisms,” Howard Eberts, OSHA’s area director in Cleveland, said in a statement. “Each year hundreds of workers are injured on the job because employers fail to make safety the top priority. The company must evaluate its health and safety program to ensure workers are protected on the job.”

A company spokesperson could not be immediately reached for comment.