Aluminum Maker Faces Safety Fines

Friday, October 7, 2016 @ 04:10 PM gHale

Aluminum Shapes LLC is facing $89,390 in fines for one serious and two repeat violations at its Pennsauken, NJ, facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA’s inspection began April 27 after the company reported a worker had suffered an amputation.

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Inspectors determined an employee suffered a fingertip amputation while feeding aluminum pieces into a roll-forming machine. While OSHA’s inspection was ongoing, two additional incidents occurred; the first resulted in an employee’s thumb injury and the other resulted in a worker suffering a fingertip amputation.

OSHA issued repeat citations to the company for a lack of machine guarding, as well as for its failure to report the amputation within the required time frame. The agency cited the employer for the same violations in May 2012 and March 2016.

“In 2015, our investigation found 44 safety violations at Aluminum Shapes’ facility including amputation hazards related to the lack of machine guarding. This employer has taken no action to protect its workers and serious and senseless injuries are the result. This is unacceptable,” said Paula Dixon-Roderick, director of OSHA’s Marlton Area Office. “Employers have a legal responsibility to provide employees with a safe and healthful work environment, and we intend to hold companies accountable when they fail to meet their obligations.”