The Occupational Safety and Health Administration proposed a $63,000 fine against a Cordova company, whose employee had three fingers amputated by a workplace table saw.
The 45-year-old man had three fingers amputated when his left hand was caught in a table saw June 17, 2015, at Material Control Systems Inc., in Cordova, Illinois.
“Doctors reattached the fingers, but had to amputate the tip of his left middle finger,” said a statement from OSHA. The man has not been able to return to work.
OSHA inspectors issued a willful safety violation citation against Material Control Systems Inc., saying the company failed to install machine guards to prevent the man’s hand from coming into contact with the saw. The citation specifically said employees in MATCO’s plastic shop were “exposed to amputation and laceration hazards when they used a Powermatic table saw” because no methods of machine guarding were provided.
“The injury could permanently affect this man’s ability to earn a living,” said OSHA’s Peoria-area director, Thomas Bielma. Bielma said thousands of workers are injured on the job each year “because their employers fail to follow safety rules.”
OSHA fined the company $63,000 in a citation notice issued August 31, 2015; the company has 15 business days to answer the citation. The violation was corrected during inspection, according to documents filed by OSHA inspectors.