ERJ staff report (DS)
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio - The US-based Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Ohio rubber compounder Polymerics with four safety violations after a worker suffered an amputation at the company's Cuyahoga Falls rubber manufacturing facility. The charges included a willful violation for failing to ensure that a rubber-cutting shear was kept in good working order
OSHA initiated an inspection on Aug. 16, 2011, upon receiving a complaint that alleged a malfunctioning safety pin on the hydraulic shear machine had resulted in the amputation of a worker's hand on July 27. A willful violation is one committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law's requirements, or plain indifference to employee safety and health.
Polymerics Inc. employs approximately 56 people at its facilities in Cuyahoga Falls and Kent. Prior to this inspection, OSHA had inspected the company six times since 1983.
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Press release from OSHA
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