Auto Insulation Manufacturer Faces Penalties Following Worker's Injury

The Ohio company has been cited for willful violations of machine safety procedures.

OSHA announced that Autoneum North America faces $569,463 in proposed penalties after an investigation confirmed a report that a machine amputated a worker's hand.

The agency determined the incident happened at the auto insulation manufacturer's site after the worker was guiding waste materials into a shredding machine. The company has been cited for three willful and two repeated violations of machine safety procedures, including no lockout equipment and exposing workers to struck-by hazards.

"This incident illustrates why companies must evaluate machine safety procedures to ensure they are adequate and effective in protecting workers from injuries on the job," said Dorothy Dougherty, deputy assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. "In addition to being the law and the right thing to do, safe workplaces are an important component in supporting and sustaining job growth in America."

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