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U.S. Nonwoven Corp. – a home and personal care fabric product manufacturer – is facing $287,212 in fines for repeat and serious safety violations after an employee suffered a fractured hand at the plant in Hauppauge, New York, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Investigators determined the employee’s injury occurred when his hand became caught in a fabric-softener sheet-cutting machine.

OSHA investigators cited U.S. Nonwoven Corp. for lack of machine guards, failing to train and evaluate forklift operators on how to safely operate equipment, and providing training on lockout/tagout procedures.

OSHA also cited the company for exposing employees to fire and smoke inhalation hazards, failing to report an amputation, providing illness and injury records to OSHA in a timely manner, storing materials securely, and repairing damaged storage racks.

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“Companies are required by law to train employees and provide appropriate measures to protect workers from workplace injuries,” said OSHA Long Island Area Director Anthony Ciuffo in Westbury, New York.

OSHA offers resources on safeguarding equipment, operating forklifts safely, and the requirements for reporting injuries.

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