Unguarded Machine Costs Worker his Hand, Costs Company $570K

Oregon, OH – Proper machine guarding and employee training could have prevented an amputation at the Autoneum North America plant just across the river from Toledo, OH. The auto parts maker is being fined $570,000 after a worker lost his right hand and part of his arm in an industrial accident.

Federal investigators report that a 46-year-old man was feeding scrap material into amachine guardingn unguarded shredding machine in December when he was hurt. OSHA says the accident was preventable and therefore cited the Autoneum plant for three of its highest safety violations. Federal officials cited the company for lacking proper protective guards and failing to train workers on proper operating procedures.

Autoneum North America makes automotive insulation at the factory in Oregon, OH
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