Aluminum Company Continues to Expose Employees to Machine Hazards, Says OSHA

Aluminum Shapes LLC has been fined $89K for repeat and serious safety violations.

OSHA has issued Aluminum Shapes LLC of Pennsauken, N.J., one serious and two repeat violations after an investigation determined an employee suffered a fingertip amputation while feeding aluminum pieces into a roll-forming machine. Penalties total $89,390.

While the inspection was ongoing, two more incidents occurred: One employee injured his thumb, while another suffered a fingertip amputation. Repeat citations were issued for a lack of machine guarding and failure to report an amputation.

"In 2015, our investigation found 44 safety violations at Aluminum Shapes' facility including amputation hazards related to the lack of machine guarding. This employer has taken no action to protect its workers and serious and senseless injuries are the result. This is unacceptable," said Paula Dixon-Roderick, director of OSHA's Marlton Area Office. "Employers have a legal responsibility to provide employees with a safe and healthful work environment, and we intend to hold companies accountable when they fail to meet their obligations."

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