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O’Neal Manufacturing Services, which does business as Iowa Laser Technology, is facing $64,670 in fines after a worker, who was operating an unguarded press brake, suffered an amputation, said officials at the Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Administration (I-OSHA).

Inspectors found the company failed to adequately guard press brakes to protect workers from contact with the machine’s points of operation.

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O’Neal Manufacturing received a repeat serious violation after it was cited for the same violation in 2018.

In one violation, machinery was not guarded to prevent an employee from having any part of their body in the danger zone(s) during operating cycle.

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The employer did not ensure the press brake was adequately guarded to protect employees from accidental contact with the point of operation on press brake #7. There was no guard between the operator and the point of operation of the machine. On October 29, an employee’s finger was in the point of operation of this press brake when the machine cycled and amputated the employee’s right index finger tip.

In addition, the employer did not ensure the press brake was adequately guarded to protect employees from accidental contact with the point of operation on press brakes 4, 5, 6, 8, and 9. There was no guard between the operator and the point of operation of the machine.

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