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ArtiFlex Manufacturing is facing $213,411 in fines for exposing workers at its Wooster, OH, location to amputation hazards after an employee suffered a partial finger amputation, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The company is facing three repeat and one other than serious citation, officials said.

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OSHA investigators determined the tool and manufacturing servicer failed to adequately guard pinch points on a conveyor belt.

OSHA cited the company for similar violations at the same location in 2016, and has placed ArtiFlex Manufacturing in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

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“This employer’s repeated failure to adequately guard machine operating parts put workers at risk for serious injuries,” said OSHA Area Office Director Howard Eberts, in Cleveland. “Employers are required to install and maintain machine guards to protect workers from amputation hazards.”

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