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Work-related injuries result in severe hand damage for 2 men

People in North Carolina who follow news from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration may be interested in details of an incident that happened in another state. A fabric company has been cited for multiple violations prompted by work-related injuries suffered by two men. The company now faces almost $200,000 in penalties, according to OSHA officials.

OSHA began an investigation last year after a worker at the facility crushed his hand in a machine. He was apparently feeding materials into a machine with a roller when his hand was seriously damaged. During the course of the investigation, officials reportedly learned that another worker had suffered a partial amputation due to work-related activities.

The accidents would not have happened if the proper safeguards had been in place, according to OSHA officials. They called the injuries "needless" and said they could have been prevented with the correct equipment and procedures. They blamed the company for creating a situation in which such life-altering events could take place.

The company was cited for multiple violations, including 12 labeled serious. Some were based on a lack of proper training. Others stemmed from insufficient guards and/or signage. The company has just over two weeks from the date the citations were levied to respond.

Workers in North Carolina can probably sympathize with the two men who were injured by what appears to be the careless practices and policies of their employer. Workers' compensation benefits could help the two men who were injured regain their lost wages and cover any related medical expenses. They retain the right pursue the benefits for which they are entitled because of the work-related injuries they experienced.

Source: New Jersey On-Line, "Feds: Totowa company fined after workers suffer crushed, partially amputated hands", Noah Cohen, April 8, 2014

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