Nox US LLC, an Ohio manufacturer of luxury vinyl tile, faces $514,236 in penalties for machine safety violations, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Investigators responded to two separate reports of employee injuries in June at the Fostoria, OH-based company.

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One employee required surgery after his hand ended up crushed in a tile machine. Less than two weeks later, another employee suffered partial amputations of two fingers while working on a recycle material system.

OSHA cited the company for failing to use adequate lockout/tagout procedures and devices to prevent unintentional machine movement, failure to train employees, and exposing employees to fall hazards.

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In addition, the company has been placed in OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

“When dangerous machines are not properly guarded or de-energized, employees face an increased risk of serious injuries,” said OSHA Area Office Director Kim Nelson, in Toledo. “Employers must monitor their facilities continuously to ensure workplace safety and health procedures are adequate and effective.”

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