OSHA Site Plastics Maker After New Employee Loses 4 Fingers in Accident
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a citation to a plastic manufacturer after a new worker had four fingers lost in a workplace accident.
A 21 year old worker was only a couple of hours into his first day on the job when he tried to clear a jam in a plastic molding machine. He suffered burns and lost four fingers trying to unjam the machine.
OSHA released a statement saying that the company failed to train the worker about safety on the job. They also didn't report the injury.
OSHA cited the company for two willful violations, two repeated violations, and one "other-than-serious" violation. They were also cited with similar citations in 2010 and 2014. Because they are a repeat offender, they were placed into the OSHA's Severe Violator Enforcement Program and are facing a proposed penalty of $171,270.