An employee at a Gilman Cheese Corp. cheese processing facility in Gilman, Wisconsin had two fingers amputated in an accident in January, according to the WEAU news in Wisconsin. Officials from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspected the facility. Officials discovered a similar accident that occurred at the facility in January of 2012.
“This tragedy could have been prevented if Gillman Cheese Corp. ensured adequate machine guarding and lockout/tagout procedures,” said Eau Claire OSHA Area Director Mark Hysell. “Too often, compromised safety procedures have tragic consequences. OSHA is committed to protecting workers on the job.”
OSHA investigators cited violations for a lack of guards on belts and machines, a lack of emergency eyewash stations, a lack of proper training of workers for vehicles and equipment and using a flexible cord for permanent wiring. Proposed fines total $126,700.
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