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Machine Safety Violations Net OH Plastics Firm $270K+ in Fines

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New Philadelphia, OH – Lauren Manufacturing has been placed on OSHA‘S Severe Violators Enforcement Program and faces proposed penalties of $274,934 after an investigation of a second debilitating injury suffered by an employee at the Ohio plastics manufacturer in less than 18 months.

In June 2016, a pneumatic bench cutter severed a 27-year-old employee’s finger as she cut rubber material. OSHA found Lauren Mfg. did not adjust the machine’s light curtains — which serve as safeguards — properly to prevent the worker’s hand from coming into contact with the machine’s operating parts.

OSHA had previously cited Lauren for lack of machine safety procedures after a worker’s hand was crushed in a hydraulic mold press in January 2015.

In this most recent investigation, OSHA inspectors identified four repeated, six serious and three other-than-serious safety violations of machine safety procedures including: Allowing temporary workers to operate machinery without training on proper procedures to isolate energy to operating parts during service and maintenance, (a process known as lockout/tagout); failure to develop and implement adequate lockout/tagout procedures and periodically inspect such procedures; inadequate footwear and PPE; and exposing workers to live electrical contacts.

Lauren Mfg. makes molded and extruded polymer solutions and engineered products from organic, silicone, thermoplastics and other specialty polymers.

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