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WI Lumber Operation Fined More Than $250K for Amputations

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Marathon, WI – Menzner Lumber & Supply faces a $260,113 fine after an employee’s workplace injury triggered an OSHA investigation. Unfortunately, this was not the first incident of amputation at the Marathon (WI) facility.

In June of this year, a 24-year-old worker at suffered a partial amputation of his right middle finger while servicing a machine. Federal inspectors found that Menzner workers were not properly trained on how to isolate energy sources while setting up, servicing and performing maintenance on machines – processes and procedures known as Lockout/Tagout.

OSHA investigators found 14 safety violations, seven of which it classified as serious. Officials found electrical safety violations, lack of guarding on ladder wellslockout/tagout amputation to prevent falls, inadequate energy control procedures, and several machines lacking the proper safeguards.

Two amputations also occurred at Menzner Lumber & Supply in 2015: a machine severed a 25-year-old employee’s left middle finger in April 2015, and a 34-year-old worker lost the tip of his right thumb in January of 2015. According to OSHA, both accidents happened when the worker came in contact with operating machine parts.

Menzner Lumber & Supply manufactures hardwoods, veneers, moldings and other wood products and operates facilities in Kentucky, Mississippi and South Carolina. The company was founded in 1894 and employs about 300 people.

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