Lack of Machine Guarding Found After Worker Fractures Three Fingers

OSHA cited the Ohio metal alloy manufacturer for one willful safety violation.

According to a news release, OSHA has issued one willful safety violation to Materion Brush after a worker had three fingers fractured when his hand got caught in the pinch point of a metal coiler. The agency has cited the Elmore, Ohio company for failing to ensure the machine had adequate safety guards.

"OSHA has specific guidelines to protect workers from dangerous machinery, chemicals and other hazards in the workplace," said Kim Nelson, OSHA's area director in Toledo. "Materion needs to re-evaluate its safety and health programs to ensure employees are being protected from job hazards."

Proposed penalties are $70,000.

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