Finger Injury Leads to Safety Fines

Friday, September 11, 2015 @ 04:09 PM gHale

A 45-year-old worker lost part of three fingers when his left hand ended up caught in a table saw at a Cordova, IL, company that fabricates reusable shipping containers.

Immediately after the incident, doctors reattached the fingers, but they did have to amputate the tip of his left middle finger. The employee has been unable to return to work.

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An inspection after the incident found the worker’s employer, Material Control Systems Inc., failed to follow safety practices that could have prevented the June 17 amputation, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The company is facing a $63,000 fine for one willful safety violation, OSHA officials said.

“The injury could permanently affect this man’s ability to earn a living,” said Thomas Bielema, OSHA’s area director in Peoria. “Had Material Control Systems installed machine guards to prevent the worker’s hand from contacting the saw, he would not have suffered (the injury). Each year, thousands of workers are injured on the job because their employers fail to follow safety rules.”