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Heritage Plastics Inc. is facing $159,118 in fines for exposing employees to amputations at the company’s facility in Picayune, Mississippi, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Among the citations, the plastics manufacturer faces two willful violations that carries the maximum penalty allowed. In addition, the company is facing three serious violations.

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An employee suffered the amputation of four fingers when the mixing machine from which the employee was removing material unexpectedly started.

OSHA inspectors determined that Heritage Plastics failed to require the use of a lockout device and train employees on procedures to control the release of hazardous energy.

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OSHA also cited the employer for failing to install machine guarding. The inspection is part of OSHA’s National Emphasis Program on Amputations.”

“Proper safety procedures, including the effective lockout of all sources of energy, could have prevented this employee’s serious injury,” said OSHA Jackson Area Office Director Courtney Bohannon. “Employers must take proactive steps to develop and implement energy control procedures to minimize risk to their employees.”

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