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A 44-year-old machine operator suffered severe injuries when a part of his face ended up caught in a power press he operated at Parker Hannifin Corp.’s Lewisburg, Ohio, plant.

That incident led to Parker Hannifin getting a fine of $52,500 for one repeat and two serious safety violations for exposing the worker to machinery operating parts with inadequate safeguards, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

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“Employers must maintain machine guarding on mechanical power presses and ensure proper guarding adjustment to protect operators from injury,” said Bill Wilkerson, OSHA’s area director in Cincinnati. “Injuries that involve machinery and equipment often result in amputation, death or permanent disability. These are completely preventable hazards, which OSHA continues to identify and eliminate because they are among the most frequently cited.”

OSHA found the employee, who worked at the company for 17 years, ended up caught between the upper and lower die in the press while he trimmed a forged tube fitting part, Sept. 17. The three violations cite the plant, which manufactures hydraulic tube fittings, for improperly adjusted machine guarding.

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In 2010, Parker Hannifin faced a similar violation at its Batesville, MS, plant, which resulted in a repeat violation. OSHA issues repeat violations if an employer previously faced a citation for the same or a similar violation of any standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years.

Cleveland-based Parker Hannifin employs approximately 57,500 people in 50 countries.

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