Fractured Fingers Lead to Safety Fines

Monday, July 18, 2016 @ 05:07 PM gHale


After worker suffered fractured fingers, Materion Brush Inc. is facing $70,000 in fines for one willful safety violation at its Elmore, Ohio, facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Materion Brush is a subsidiary of Materion Corp., a global manufacturer of advanced material solutions and services. The company has customers in 50 countries and has operating, service centers and offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Materion Corp. has approximately 2,400 employees.

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OSHA investigators issued one willful safety violation after a worker had three fingers fractured when his right hand became caught in a pinch point as he operated a metal coiler.

After investigating the March injury, OSHA cited the company for failing to ensure the machine had adequate safety guards.

“OSHA has specific guidelines to protect workers from dangerous machinery, chemicals and other hazards in the workplace,” said Kim Nelson, OSHA’s area director in Toledo. “Materion needs to re-evaluate its safety and health programs to ensure employees are being protected from job hazards.”