Besse Forest Products Inc., operating as Goodman Veneer & Lumber, is facing $76,000 in fines for two repeated, four serious and one other-than-serious safety violation, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA investigators from the Appleton, WI, Area Office cited the wood veneer manufacturer after a 58-year-old worker suffered the partial amputation of his right ring finger Aug. 19.

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The injury occurred when his finger ended up pinched while unjamming a reel on a wood veneer machine.

Inspectors found the company failed to:
• Guard operating parts of machinery
• Implement adequate machine safety procedures for clearing jams
• Install railings on open side platforms and walkways
• Train workers in machine safety procedures

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“Goodman Veneer and Lumber knows that an injury like this one is preventable when companies install machine guards and train workers on safety procedures,” said Robert Bonack, OSHA’s area director in Appleton. “Following the injury, the company took immediate action to review and change its machine safety procedures to prevent injuries in the future.”

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