OSHA has issued a significant fine against a Massachusetts manufacturer after an injured worker suffered the loss of a finger tip due to a machine which did not have the required guard needed to prevent a workplace injury. The lack of machine guarding was noted on other machines at the facility, and thus OSHA found the failure to have such guards “willful.”
Thousands of workplace injuries and worker deaths occur each year because of an absence of machine guarding. Additionally, many Georgia workers comp claims could be avoided if machine guards were in place. Often, employers remove machine guarding to increase production, in doing so putting profits over worker safety.