The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a Portsmouth, Ohio, hardwood flooring manufacturer for multiple safety violations after a worker’s finger was partially amputated in October.
OSHA said Monday it issued summonses for six repeat and 12 serious safety violations to Appalachian Wood Floors Inc., doing business as Graf Custom Hardwood, following the Oct. 5, 2022, incident in which the worker’s fingertip became caught in an unattended belt and pulley.
The agency proposed fines totaling $333,693 and has placed the company in its Serious Violation Program.
The referrals came after inspectors visited the mill three times in five months. Two of the visits resulted in worker injuries.
OSHA said that during the October visit, inspectors found employees were having to clean, break down and maintain equipment without proper tools and without training on lockout/tagout procedures.
The company has 15 days to contest the citations and proposed fines.