Champion Modular Inc. is facing $687,650 in fines for exposing employees to safety and health hazards at its Strattanville, Pennsylvania, facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Investigators launched an inspection after an employee suffered an amputation in November.
In all, the company is facing 21 serious, eight willful, and three other-than-serious violations.
OSHA issued willful and serious citations for failing to use machine guarding, provide fall protection, and train workers on hazard communication and hearing conservation.
“Moving machine parts have the potential to cause severe workplace injuries if they are not safeguarded,” said OSHA Erie Area Office Director Brendan Claybaugh. “Employers’ use of machine guards and devices is not optional. Employers are legally responsible for ensuring that machine operators are protected.”
Champion Modular makes modular built in a controlled factory environment in sections, and then they end up transported to the construction site, according to the company.