OSHA investigated a home and personal care fabric product manufacturer after an employee suffered a fractured hand at the Long Island facility.
The agency found that his injury was a result of his hand getting caught in a fabric softener sheet-cutting machine.
US Nonwoven Corp is now facing $287,212 in fines for “repeat and serious” safety violations at a plant in Hauppauge, New York.
OSHA cited the company for:
- Lack of machine guards;
- Failing to provide training on lockout/tagout procedures; and
- Failing to properly evaluate and train forklift operators on safety protections.
In addition, U.S. Nonwoven Corp was found to expose employees to fire and smoke inhalation hazards and not properly maintain its storage of materials.
The company also failed to report an amputation or provide illness and injury records to OSHA in a timely manner, according to the report.