OH Auto Insulation Manufacturer Facing Heavy Fines in Worker Injury


OREGON, Ohio – An auto insulation manufacturer in suburban Toledo faces $569,463 in proposed penalties after a U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigation following a report that a machine amputated a 46-year-old worker’s right hand, wrist and part of his forearm.

Investigators found the injury occurred while the worker at Autoneum North America was guiding waste materials into a shredding machine. His arm was caught in the machine’s point of operation­­– a circular drum that shreds the fabric fibers for reuse. OSHA found the company failed to equip the machine with adequate safety guards when the injury occurred on Dec. 23, 2016 . The agency issued three willful and two repeat violations of machine safety procedures.

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In February 2016, OSHA cited the company for similar machine hazards at its Wynn Road facility in Oregon.

Autoneum North America is based in Farmington Hills, Michigan, and is a parts supplier for the automotive industry. The company is a subsidiary of Swiss-based Autoneum, a global market and technology leader in acoustic and thermal management solutions for vehicles.