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Machine Safety Failures Result in Amputation and OSHA Fines for OH Company

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machine guarding cable machine failuresWest Chester, OH – Republic Wire, an Ohio cable wire insulation maker, faces proposed fines of $69,300 for numerous violations and failures found by OSHA inspectors. One violation was deemed to be willful.

OSHA began investigating Republic Wire after a 30-year-old line operator’s left pinky finger was amputated by a machine last November while the employee was welding two copper cables.

OSHA cited Republic Wire for: lacking guards on the welding machine to stop workers from contacting operating parts; failing to develop and train workers on machine specific procedures for isolating energy sources; and not reporting an amputation injury to OSHA within 24 hours.

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